Biktarvy is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat HIV in certain adults and children.
For more information about Biktarvy’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Biktarvy:
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Generic version: not available
Biktarvy contains three active drugs, so it’s considered a complete HIV treatment. This means that you don’t need to take other HIV drugs along with it. Biktarvy’s three active ingredients are bictegravir sodium, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide.
Read on to learn about the cost of Biktarvy, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of Biktarvy can vary. Factors that may affect the Biktarvy retail price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Biktarvy has a savings program (see “Financial and insurance assistance” below)
To find out what the cost of Biktarvy will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Biktarvy.
How can I find out the cost of Biktarvy with and without insurance?
Depending on whether or not you have insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider, doctor, or pharmacist.
If you have health insurance, contact your insurance provider for the cost of your Biktarvy prescription. The cost may vary depending on the type of coverage you have. It’s possible that the provider may require a prior authorization from your doctor. This means that before the insurance provider decides whether to cover Biktarvy, it will discuss your prescription with your doctor.
To find out the price of Biktarvy without insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. The cost of the drug can differ depending on the pharmacy you use.
Typically, the cost of Biktarvy is higher without insurance than with health insurance.
If the cost of Biktarvy is a concern, the drug manufacturer has some resources that may help. You can see “Financial and Insurance Assistance” below for more information.
What is Biktarvy’s cost per pill?
How much Biktarvy costs per pill depends on several factors such as your insurance coverage, the pharmacy you use, and your treatment plan.
Insurance companies may have different criteria for covering Biktarvy, and this may impact cost of the drug. You may also find that the price of Biktarvy differs between pharmacies. The cost per pill can also vary depending on the drug’s strength. Biktarvy comes in two different strengths.
Biktarvy is a long-term treatment that you’ll take once daily. Typically, you’ll receive a prescription for a certain supply, such as 1 month or 90 days. Your pharmacist can tell you the cost per pill for your particular prescription.
What does Biktarvy cost per month?
Biktarvy’s cost per month can vary depending on your insurance coverage, your treatment plan, and the pharmacy you use.
If you have health insurance, you can find out the cost of a month’s supply of Biktarvy by contacting your insurance provider. Your pharmacist can tell you the monthly cost for your Biktarvy treatment if you don’t have health insurance. The cost can vary between different pharmacies.
You might be able to lower your monthly cost with a 90-day supply of your medication. It may cost less to get a larger amount of medication at one time. To learn more, talk with your pharmacist. You can also see “Ways to reduce long-term drug costs” below.
Biktarvy 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 Biktarvy 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 Biktarvy. 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
Biktarvy 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 Gilead Advancing Access program has options for obtaining Biktarvy prescriptions at a pharmacy or by overnight mail order.
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 Biktarvy, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called Gilead Advancing Access is available for Biktarvy. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 800-226-2056 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, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Biktarvy, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Biktarvy. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Biktarvy.
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.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Biktarvy, refer to this article.
- Information about HIV. For more information about HIV, see our HIV and AIDS hub and this list of related articles.
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