Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat and prevent the flu. Xofluza’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
Xofluza is prescribed for adults and some children to:
- treat the flu when symptoms have lasted no more than 48 hours
- prevent the flu after exposure to someone who has the flu
Xofluza is available in two forms that are both swallowed: a tablet and a liquid suspension (a type of liquid mixture).
For more details on Xofluza, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Xofluza can vary. Your 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 Xofluza, 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 Xofluza. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Xofluza in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Xofluza 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 Xofluza requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Xofluza and cost.
Does Xofluza have a coupon available?
Yes, you may be eligible for a Xofluza coupon. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to check whether you can use this coupon to save money on Xofluza.
How does the cost of Xofluza compare with the cost of Tamiflu?
Your cost for Xofluza or Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may depend on your health insurance coverage and which pharmacy you use.
Xofluza is only available as a brand-name drug. But Tamiflu is also available as the generic drug oseltamivir. Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Xofluza, Tamiflu, or oseltamivir, talk with your insurance provider or pharmacist.
Xofluza 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 need help covering the cost of Xofluza 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 Xofluza, 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 Xofluza.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- If I’m unable to afford Xofluza, what other flu treatments can you prescribe?
- Does the cost of Xofluza depend on my risk of complications from the flu?
- Will I pay more for Xofluza if I receive it in the emergency department?
- Do I qualify for the Xofluza coupon?
To learn more about Xofluza, see these articles:
- Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil)
- Side Effects of Xofluza: What You Need to Know
- Dosage Details for Xofluza
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