Vumerity (diroximel fumarate) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) or a related condition. Vumerity’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
Vumerity is used in adults to treat:
- clinically isolated syndrome, which is often an early sign of MS
- relapsing-remitting MS
- active secondary progressive MS
For more details on Vumerity, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Vumerity can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
Vumerity is only available through a specialty pharmacy. This is a pharmacy authorized to carry specialty medications. These include drugs that are complex, have high prices, are difficult to take, or have special dosage or storage requirements.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Vumerity, 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 Vumerity. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Vumerity in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Vumerity 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 Vumerity requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Vumerity and cost.
Is the cost of Vumerity similar to the cost of Tecfidera?
In general, Vumerity tends to cost more than Tecfidera. But the cost of either medication may depend on your health insurance plan (if you have one) and the specialty pharmacy you use. If you have questions about how much Vumerity or Tecfidera will cost, talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider.
What copay assistance options are available for Vumerity?
Biogen, the manufacturer of Vumerity, has support services available. This includes a copay program that you may be eligible for if you have private insurance (not Medicare or Medicaid). If you don’t have private insurance (or you have no insurance), Biogen’s support coordinators may still be able to help you find ways to lower your copay.
To learn more or find out whether you qualify for assistance, call Biogen Support Services at call 800-456-2255.
Vumerity 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 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 Vumerity long term, you may be able to lower your costs by getting a 90-day supply (if approved by your insurance company). This could help lower the cost of Vumerity. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you need help covering the cost of Vumerity 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 Vumerity, 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 Vumerity.
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?
- Does the dosage of Vumerity I’m prescribed affect the cost?
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