Ofev (nintedanib) is a brand-name oral capsule that’s prescribed for certain lung conditions in adults. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors, such as whether Ofev has a savings program.
Ofev belongs to a drug class called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Ofev is not available in a generic version.
Read on to learn about Ofev and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about Ofev, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of Ofev can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Ofev has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Ofev 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 Ofev. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Ofev 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 Ofev requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Ofev.
Is Ofev covered by Medicare?
Medicare may cover Ofev if you have Medicare Part D (a prescription drug plan). Medicare Part D provides coverage for some prescription drugs. To find out whether your plan covers Ofev, contact your plan provider. Ask them what portion of Ofev’s cost they cover and what your out-of-pocket cost will be.
Keep in mind that you may also have a deductible. This is a set amount you pay for prescriptions until your plan begins to pay.
To learn more about Medicare, see the “Next steps” section below.
Does Ofev 150 mg cost more than Ofev 100 mg?
Possibly. Your pharmacist can help determine whether Ofev 150-milligram (mg) oral capsules cost more than the 100-mg strength.
However, if you have insurance, contact your plan provider to learn the cost of Ofev.
Your cost may also depend on whether Ofev has a savings program. For information, see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below.
If you have questions about the cost of Ofev strengths, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Ofev is available only 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 Ofev 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 Ofev. 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
Ofev 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 Ofev, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- If you have commercial insurance, the OFEV Commercial Copay Program is available. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 866-673-6366 or visit the program website.
- If you do not have insurance coverage, a program called Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares) may be able to help you. For more information about BI Cares and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 855-297-5906 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.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Ofev, you may still have some questions. It may be helpful to talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Ofev. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Ofev.
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 Ofev, refer to this article.
- Dosage. Learn about Ofev and dosage by viewing this article.
- Side effects. For details about Ofev’s side effects, see this article. You can also look at the Ofev prescribing information.
- Information about your condition. For more information about lung disease, see our list respiratory system and pulmonary system articles.
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