Farxiga is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for the following uses:
- To help manage blood glucose levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
- To decrease the risk of hospitalization for heart and kidney problems in adults with type 2 diabetes. This is to help prevent life threatening heart failure or kidney disease.
This drug has some limitations of use. For more information about Farxiga’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Farxiga:
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Generic version: dapagliflozin, which is also Farxiga’s active ingredient
Read on to learn about Farxiga and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all drugs, the cost of Farxiga can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Farxiga has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Farxiga 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 Farxiga. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Farxiga in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization and you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the drug.
You can ask your insurance company whether Farxiga requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Farxiga.
Is a copay card or manufacturer coupon available for Farxiga?
Yes, there’s a savings card available for people taking Farxiga who have private insurance. This is called the Farxiga SavingsRx Card program. The card can help save you money on your Farxiga copay at the pharmacy counter. If you’re interested in signing up for the Farxiga SavingsRx Card, call 855-332-7944 or visit the program website.
If you have Medicare or are uninsured, the manufacturer of Farxiga also has an assistance program called AZ&Me. To find out if you may be eligible for the program, call 855-332-7944 or see the program website.
What is Farxiga’s cost with insurance vs. without insurance? What about with Medicare?
The cost of Farxiga with insurance compared with the cost without insurance depends on many factors. These include the pharmacy that you get your medication from, your insurance coverage, and your drug dose. (To learn more about these factors, see the “Farxiga price” section above.)
Compared with people with commercial insurance or Medicare, you will likely pay more for Farxiga if you don’t have insurance. Talk with your pharmacist to find out how much your Farxiga prescription may cost you. If you have Medicare, you can also talk with a Medicare representative or see the program website.
Does Farxiga’s price depend on which strength I’m taking (5 mg, 10 mg)?
Possibly. The price you pay for Farxiga may depend on the strength that you’re prescribed. People taking a higher dose of 10 milligrams (mg) of Farxiga may pay more for the medication than people taking a lower dose of 5 mg.
However, it’s possible that your copay of Farxiga may be the same for both the 5-mg tablets and the 10-mg tablets. Your cost of Farxiga may depend on your specific insurance plan and the pharmacy that you use.
To learn how much your prescription of Farxiga may cost you, talk with your pharmacist.
Farxiga’s active ingredient is dapagliflozin, which is available as a generic drug. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
If your doctor has prescribed Farxiga and you’re interested in taking dapagliflozin instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a reason for prescribing one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
To find out how the cost of this generic drug compares with the cost of Farxiga, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
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 Farxiga 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 Farxiga. 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
Farxiga 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 Farxiga also offers a mail-in rebate form for people who get Farxiga through a mail-order pharmacy. For more information, call 855-332-7944 or visit the program website.
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 Farxiga, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called Farxiga SavingsRx Card program is available for Farxiga. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 855-332-7944 or visit the program website.
- If you do not have insurance or if you’re covered by Medicare Part D, the manufacturer of Farxiga also has an assistance program called AZ&Me that may be able to help. Call 855-332-7944 or see the program website to learn more.
- 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.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Farxiga, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Farxiga. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Farxiga.
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.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Farxiga, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about diabetes, see our diabetes hub as well as this list of related articles. For details about heart failure, our heart health hub and these related articles might be helpful.
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