If you’re considering treatment options for certain kinds of constipation, you may want to learn more about Trulance (plecanatide). It’s a prescription drug used in adults to treat:
- irritable bowel syndrome with constipation
- chronic idiopathic constipation (constipation that is long lasting for unknown reasons)
Trulance comes as a tablet you swallow.
Keep reading for details on Trulance and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more information about Trulance, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Trulance can vary. It 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 Trulance, 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 Trulance. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Trulance in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Trulance 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 Trulance requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Trulance and cost.
Does Trulance have a copay card or manufacturer coupon?
Yes. The maker of Trulance offers a copay savings card to lower the cost of the drug for those who qualify. If you have commercial insurance, you may be eligible for copay assistance.
You can learn more about the cost savings coupon card from the drugmaker’s website. You can also ask your doctor or your insurance provider for more information about the Trulance savings card program.
What’s the cost of Trulance 3-mg tablets without insurance?
The cost of Trulance 3-milligram (mg) tablets without insurance depends on several factors.
The cost of the drug is usually higher for those without insurance than for those with it. Your cost without insurance can depend on:
- the pharmacy you choose
- any cost savings programs available to you
- the quantity you’re prescribed (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about your cost for Trulance 3-mg tablets.
Trulance only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication but tends to cost less.
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 maker of a brand-name drug can sell the drug 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.
If you take Trulance 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 Trulance if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Trulance. 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 Trulance. 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 Trulance 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 Trulance, 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 Trulance.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Does the cost of Trulance depend on the quantity I’m prescribed (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)?
- Are there other lower-cost options available to manage my condition?
- Can I use the Trulance savings program if I have Medicare?
To learn more about Trulance, see these articles:
- Trulance (plecanatide)
- All About Trulance’s Dosage
- Side Effects of Trulance: What You Need to Know
- Trulance vs. Linzess: What You Should Know
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