Multaq (dronedarone) is a brand-name oral tablet prescribed to help reduce the risk of hospitalization for AFib in certain adults. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors.

Specifically, Multaq is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help reduce the risk of hospitalization for atrial fibrillation (AFib) in people who currently have a typical heart rhythm but a history of:

  • paroxysmal AFib (episodes of AFib that begin suddenly and stop abruptly within 7 days), or
  • persistent AFib

Multaq retail price
$798
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The retail price of Multaq is $798. Save up to $35 per fill off of the retail price.

As with all medications, the cost of Multaq can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:

  • your treatment plan
  • your insurance coverage
  • the pharmacy you use
  • whether Multaq has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)

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Multaq 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 Multaq 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 Multaq. 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

Multaq 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.

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 Multaq, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:

  • The Multaq Savings Card is available for Multaq. 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 Multaq.

Is Multaq covered by Medicare?

Medicare may cover the cost of Multaq. There are many Medicare plans, such as Medicare Part D, that provide coverage for certain prescription drugs. Your coverage and what you pay for prescriptions will be based on your particular plan’s benefits. You can call your Medicare plan provider to learn whether your particular plan covers the cost of Multaq.

You may also need to obtain prior authorization before your plan will cover the cost of this medication. (For more information about this, see “Insurance considerations” below.)

Your doctor may also be able to provide information about your cost for Multaq if you have Medicare.

What is the cost of Multaq without insurance?

The price you’ll pay for Multaq if you don’t have insurance can vary based on several factors. But typically, the cost is higher for those without insurance.

Factors that could affect what you pay for Multaq 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
  • 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 Multaq.

Check out Optum Perks* for estimates of Multaq’s price when using coupons from the site. (Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance benefits or copays.)

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Medical News Today.

Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive Multaq.

If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Multaq. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Multaq in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether to cover the medication. 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 Multaq requires prior authorization.

Now that you’ve learned about cost and Multaq, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Multaq. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Multaq.

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Disclaimer: Medical News Today has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.