Arikayce (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension) is a brand-name oral nebulizer that’s prescribed for a type of lung infection in certain adults. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors.

As with all medications, the cost of Arikayce can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:

  • your treatment plan
  • your insurance coverage
  • whether Arikayce has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)

To find out what the cost of Arikayce will be for you, talk with your doctor or insurance provider.

Arikayce is only available as a brand-name drug. It doesn’t come in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active ingredient in a brand-name medication.

Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.


Brand-name drugs can be expensive because of the research needed to test their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell it for up to 20 years. When the brand-name drug’s patent expires, multiple manufacturers can create generic versions. This marketplace competition may lead to lower costs for generics. Also, because generics contain the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.

If you use Arikayce long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following way:

Getting a 3-month supply

You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Arikayce. If approved by the specialty pharmacy and your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor or insurance provider.

If you need financial support to pay for Arikayce, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:

  • The Arikayce Co-pay Savings Program is available. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 833-274-5273 or visit the program website.
  • Some websites provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services. Two such websites are:

To learn more about saving money on prescriptions with or without insurance, check out this article.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Arikayce.

How much does Arikayce cost with insurance vs. without it?

What you pay for Arikayce if you have insurance compared to what you’d pay without it depends on several factors.

Factors that could affect what you pay for this drug without insurance include:

  • the quantity you’re prescribed (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
  • whether you apply and qualify for any available savings programs
  • your dosage and treatment plan

These same factors may affect your price for Arikayce if you have insurance. But the price you pay with insurance will also depend on:

  • your specific plan benefits
  • any prior authorization requirements you have for drug coverage

To learn more about what you’d pay for Arikayce with or without insurance, talk with your doctor or insurance provider (if you have one).

Is Arikayce covered by Medicare?

It may be. You can call your Medicare plan provider to learn whether your particular plan covers the cost of this drug. There are many types of Medicare plans, so your coverage and what you pay for prescriptions will be based on your particular plan’s benefits.

You may also need to obtain prior authorization before your plan will cover the cost of this medication.

Your doctor may have information about your cost for Arikayce if you have Medicare.

Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive Arikayce.

If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Arikayce. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Arikayce in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered.

If a drug requires prior authorization but you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether Arikayce requires prior authorization.

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