If you’re looking at treatment options for type 2 diabetes or heart disease, you may want to learn more about Victoza and what it costs. It’s a prescription drug used to:

Victoza contains the active ingredient liraglutide. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) It comes as a liquid solution that you’ll inject under your skin using a prefilled pen.

Keep reading for details on Victoza and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.

Note: For more information about Victoza, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Victoza injections can vary. It can 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 Victoza, talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider.

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

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

Are there any copay cards or manufacturer’s coupons available for Victoza?

The manufacturer of Victoza does not offer copay assistance cards. But you may be able to get Victoza for free through the drugmaker’s Patient Assistance Program (PAP). Patients or caregivers can learn more by calling Novo Nordisk toll-free at 866-310-7549.

For more financial resources, see “Can I get help paying for Victoza?” below.

How much do Victoza injections cost with insurance and without insurance?

Your cost for Victoza may depend on several factors, including whether you are paying for Victoza with insurance. In general, you may pay more if you don’t have insurance.

To find out what Victoza may cost you, visit the NovoCare cost navigator.

If you have other questions about how much you’ll pay for Victoza, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have insurance, talk with your plan provider.

Does Medicare cover the cost of Victoza?

If you have Medicare, the amount you’ll pay for Victoza will depend on your specific plan. For example, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans have different copay options for brand-name drugs such as Victoza. At this time, Victoza doesn’t offer coupons that can be used with Medicare.

If you have a private insurance plan with prescription drug coverage, your cost will depend on your specific plan’s benefits. Some plans have set costs for drugs, while others may require you to pay a percentage of the drug’s cost. Keep in mind that not all insurance plans cover Victoza.

If you have questions about what you’ll pay for Victoza with Medicare or other insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist or contact your insurance provider.

Victoza only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug is 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 manufacturer 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 Victoza 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 Victoza if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Victoza. 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 Victoza. 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 Victoza or understanding your insurance, check out these online resources:

On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.

If you still have questions about the cost of Victoza, 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 to your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Victoza.

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

  • Are there other lower-cost drugs that could treat my condition?
  • What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?
  • Will my dose of Victoza affect the cost?

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Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.