Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat diabetes. Toujeo’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

Toujeo is prescribed for adults and certain children to treat type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

The drug comes as a liquid solution inside two prefilled pens: Toujeo SoloStar and Toujeo Max SoloStar. Both contain the active ingredient insulin glargine. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)

For more details on Toujeo, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Toujeo can vary. The cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

To find out how much you’ll pay for Toujeo, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Note: If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Toujeo. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Toujeo in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Toujeo 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 Toujeo requires prior authorization.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Toujeo and cost.

Is a coupon available for Toujeo?

Yes. Toujeo has two cost savings programs available from the manufacturer that may help you save on the cost of the drug. And if you have private insurance, you may be eligible for the Toujeo Savings Card.

If you don’t have insurance, the Toujeo Insulins Valyou Savings Program could help you save on the cost of the medication.

If you have questions about coupons or cost savings programs for Toujeo and your eligibility, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can provide more information about these programs.

Does Medicare cover Toujeo?

It’s possible. There are many Medicare plans, so you’ll need to contact your plan provider to find out if your plan covers Toujeo.

If your Medicare plan doesn’t cover Toujeo, there may be other ways to save on the cost of the drug.

To learn whether your Medicare plan covers Toujeo, talk with your doctor or your Medicare plan provider.

Toujeo is a biologic drug, which means it’s made from parts of living organisms. It doesn’t come in a biosimilar form. Biosimilars are like generic drugs. Unlike generics, which are made for nonbiologic drugs, biosimilars are made for biologic drugs.

Why is there such a cost difference between biologic drugs and biosimilar drugs?

Biologic drugs can be expensive because of the research and testing needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a biologic drug can sell it exclusively for up to 12 years. When the biologic drug’s patent expires, other drugmakers can create biosimilar versions. This competition in the market may lead to lower costs for biosimilars. And because biosimilars are very similar to biologic drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower costs for biosimilars.

If you take Toujeo long term, 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 Toujeo if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Toujeo. 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 Toujeo. 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 Toujeo 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.

If you still have questions about the cost of Toujeo, 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 Toujeo.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:

  • Does the cost of Toujeo depend on my dosage of the medication?
  • If I switch from Toujeo SoloStar to Toujeo Max SoloStar, will I have to pay more?
  • Is there a cost difference between Toujeo and Lantus?

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