Lynparza (olaparib) is a brand-name tablet that’s prescribed for certain types of cancer. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors, such as whether Lynparza has a savings program.
Lynparza is approved to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Lynparza belongs to a drug class called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug isn’t available in a generic version.
Read on to learn about Lynparza and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about Lynparza, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of Lynparza can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Lynparza has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Lynparza 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 Lynparza. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Lynparza 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 Lynparza requires prior authorization.
Lynparza 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 Lynparza 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 Lynparza. 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.
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 Lynparza, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called Access 360 is available for Lynparza. For more information and to find out whether you’re eligible for support, call 844-ASK-A360 (844-275-2360) 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 Lynparza.
If you have insurance, your cost for Lynparza depends on factors such as:
- your particular plan benefits, including your drug copay amount
- your dosage of the drug
- whether you apply and qualify for a cost savings program
To find out how much Lynparza will cost you with insurance, contact your insurance provider, pharmacist, or doctor.
Is Lynparza 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.
In addition, Lynparza is only available through specialty pharmacies. As such, the total price you pay for the drug may depend on your specific pharmacy. You may also need to obtain prior authorization before your plan will cover the cost of this medication.
Your doctor may also be able to provide information about your cost for Lynparza if you have Medicare. To learn more about Medicare coverage for cancer treatments, see this article.
How does Lynparza’s cost compare with that of medications such as Rubraca?
The price you’d pay for Lynparza versus that of Rubraca (rucaparib) depends on various factors. Both drugs are only available as brand-name oral tablets.
However, 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 Lynparza compared with other treatments for your condition, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Lynparza, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Lynparza. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Lynparza.
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 Lynparza, refer to this article.
- Dosage. Learn about Lynparza and dosage by viewing this article.
- Side effects. For details about Lynparza’s side effects, see this article. You can also look at the Lynparza prescribing information.
- Information about cancer. For more information about the types of cancer that Lynparza is prescribed to treat, see our cancer hub.
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