Vtama (tapinarof) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat plaque psoriasis. Vtama’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
Doctors prescribe Vtama to treat plaque psoriasis in adults. It comes as a cream that you apply to your skin.
For more details on Vtama, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Vtama can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your health insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Vtama, 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 Vtama. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Vtama in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Vtama 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 Vtama requires prior authorization.
Vtama only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic 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 manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug for up to 20 years. After that, other drug manufacturers 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 Vtama 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 Vtama if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Vtama. 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 Vtama. 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. 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 Vtama 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 Vtama, 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 Vtama.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Will the amount of cream I use to treat each area of skin affect the cost of Vtama?
- Can I get a 90-day supply of Vtama to make it more affordable?
- Does Vtama work better than other medications that may cost less?
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