Armour Thyroid (dessicated thyroid) is a brand-name oral tablet prescribed for certain thyroid conditions in children and adults. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Armour Thyroid belongs to a drug class called thyroid hormones. The drug is not available in a generic version.
Armour Thyroid may be prescribed for the following uses in children and adults:
- as a thyroid replacement or supplement in hypothyroidism that’s not caused by subacute thyroiditis
- to suppress thyroid stimulating hormone as a treatment for goiter
- to manage thyroid cancer
Read on to learn about Armour Thyroid and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like more information about Armour Thyroid, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of Armour Thyroid can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Armour Thyroid has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Armour Thyroid will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Armour Thyroid. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Armour Thyroid 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 Armour Thyroid requires prior authorization.
Armour Thyroid 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 drug in a brand-name medication.
Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
WHY ARE COSTS DIFFERENT FOR BRAND-NAME DRUGS VS. GENERIC 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 take Armour Thyroid long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following ways.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Armour Thyroid. If approved by your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Armour Thyroid may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug via mail order.
The manufacturer of Armour Thyroid has a patient access support plan. You may be able to get your Armour Thyroid delivered to your home through this program. See “Financial and insurance assistance” just below for details.
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 financial support to pay for Armour Thyroid, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- The AbbVie Patient Access Support program is available for Armour Thyroid. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 800-222-6885 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 Armour Thyroid.
What is the cost of Armour Thyroid without insurance?
The price you’ll pay for Armour Thyroid if you don’t have insurance can vary based on several factors. But typically, the cost is higher for those without insurance.
There are other factors that could affect what you pay for this drug. These 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
- the pharmacy you use
To learn the exact cost you’d pay for this medication without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You may also want to contact several pharmacies to compare their prices for Armour Thyroid.
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How does Armour Thyroid’s cost compare with that of medications such as Synthroid?
The price you’d pay for Armour Thyroid versus that of Synthroid depends on various factors, including:
- the length of your treatment
- whether there are payment assistance programs for your prescribed treatment
- whether you’re paying out of pocket or have insurance
To learn more about the cost of Armour Thyroid compared with other treatments for your condition, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Armour Thyroid, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Armour Thyroid. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Armour Thyroid.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare prescription drug plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- A look at your condition. For more information about the conditions Armour Thyroid is prescribed to treat, see our cancer hub and list of hypothyroid articles.
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