Jornay PM (methylphenidate) is a brand-name extended-release oral capsule that’s prescribed for ADHD in adults and some children. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Jornay PM is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children ages 6 years and older. It’s an extended-release (ER) oral capsule, which means the drug is released into your body over time.
As with all medications, the cost of Jornay PM can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Jornay PM has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
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Jornay PM 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 Jornay PM long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following ways.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Jornay PM 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.
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 Jornay PM, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A savings card is available for Jornay PM. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, 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 Jornay PM.
What is the cost of Jornay PM without insurance?
If you don’t have insurance, the price you’ll pay for Jornay PM can vary based on several factors. However, the cost of drugs is typically higher 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 7-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 Jornay PM.
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How does Jornay PM’s cost compare with that of medications such as Adderall?
The price you would pay for Jornay PM versus Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) depends on various factors.
For example, both drugs are available as extended-release (ER) oral capsules. However, Adderall is available as a generic, while Jornay PM is not. Typically, generic medications cost less than brand-name drugs.
There are additional factors that can affect your prescription cost, 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 Jornay PM compared with other treatments for ADHD, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive Jornay PM.
If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Jornay PM. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Jornay PM 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 Jornay PM requires prior authorization.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Jornay PM, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Jornay PM. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Jornay PM.
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 Jornay PM, refer to this article.
- Dosage. Learn about Jornay PM and dosage by viewing this article.
- A look at your condition. For more information about ADHD, see our ADHD hub.
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