Tobramycin is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat certain bacterial infections. Tobramycin’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
The price you pay for tobramycin can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. If you’re receiving tobramycin as an intravenous (IV) infusion, your cost will also depend on how much you have to pay to receive doses from a healthcare professional at a hospital or clinic.
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Tobramycin is a generic drug. A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.
Tobramycin comes in brand-name versions called Bethkis, Kitabis Pak, Tobi, Tobi Podhaler, and Tobrex. To find out how the costs of brand-name versions and generic tobramycin compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed tobramycin and are interested in a brand-name version instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer one version instead of the other. In addition, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider. This is because it may only cover one drug or the other.
Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?
Years of research and testing are needed to ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug exclusively for up to 20 years. After that, other drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.
Most forms of tobramycin are used only for the short-term treatment of a bacterial infection. But if you’re prescribed tobramycin inhalation solution, it’s possible you may use it long term. In this case, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of tobramycin inhalation solution if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of this dosage form of tobramycin. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for tobramycin inhalation solution. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need help covering the cost of tobramycin or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about tobramycin and cost.
Do tobramycin eye drops cost less than the drug’s other forms?
It’s possible. The cost of tobramycin eye drops compared to other forms of tobramycin can vary based on several factors.
For example, the cost of different forms of tobramycin may depend on whether you have insurance coverage and your benefits, or whether you’re paying out of pocket for the medication.
Other factors that may affect your cost include:
- your treatment plan
- the pharmacy you choose
- any cost savings programs you may be eligible for
To find out how the cost of tobramycin eye drops compares with other drug forms, talk with your doctor, insurance provider, or pharmacist.
How much does tobramycin cost without insurance?
The cost of tobramycin without insurance depends on several factors. But in general, your cost will be higher without insurance.
Your cost for tobramycin may depend on factors such as:
- your dosage and the form you’re prescribed
- whether you qualify for any savings programs
- the pharmacy you choose
- your treatment plan
Keep in mind, in certain situations, your doctor may recommend that you receive tobramycin as an intravenous (IV) infusion. Since this form is given by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic, you may need to pay a separate fee to receive this form.
To find out the exact cost of tobramycin without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Also, if you’re using the eye drops or inhalation solution, you may want to check with a few pharmacies to compare prices.
You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for tobramycin eye drops or tobramycin inhalation solution when you use coupons from the site. It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.
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If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover tobramycin. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss tobramycin in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If tobramycin requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.
Be sure to ask your insurance company whether tobramycin requires prior authorization.
If you still have questions about the cost of tobramycin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for tobramycin.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- How does the cost of tobramycin compare with other treatments for eye infections?
- Is there a big cost difference between the brand name Tobrex and generic tobramycin eye drops?
- What are my options if I cannot afford tobramycin?
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