Ozempic (semaglutide) is a brand-name injection that’s prescribed for adults with type 2 diabetes. The cost of the drug with and without insurance can depend on several factors, such as whether Ozempic has a savings program.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ozempic to:
- manage blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise
- decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack or stroke, in adults with heart disease and type 2 diabetes
Read on to learn about Ozempic and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions. If you’d like other information about Ozempic, refer to this article.
As with all medications, the cost of Ozempic can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Ozempic has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
In addition, you may need to purchase pen needles to use Ozempic.
To find out what the price of Ozempic 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 Ozempic. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Ozempic 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 Ozempic requires prior authorization.
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Ozempic savings card
Ozempic has a savings card available for people with commercial insurance. This may also be called a copay card or a coupon card since it can decrease the cost of your copay. You can sign up for the Ozempic savings card by calling 877-304-6855 or visiting the program website.
Once you’re signed up, you can bring the manufacturer coupon card to your pharmacy, where they can use it along with your commercial insurance. If you are currently on Medicaid or Medicare insurance, you will not be eligible for the Ozempic savings card. You also are not eligible for the Ozempic coupon card if you have no insurance. Instead, see the section below called “Other assistance” for more information.
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 Ozempic.
How much does the Ozempic pen cost with insurance vs. without insurance?
The cost of Ozempic pens with or without insurance will depend on many factors, including your dose of Ozempic and the pharmacy you use.
Ozempic may be less expensive if you have insurance coverage compared with the cost if you do not have insurance. However, to find out how much Ozempic may cost you, see your pharmacist. They can give you the price that you’ll pay for Ozempic based on your insurance coverage. In addition, you can also find out the cost of Ozempic through the manufacturer by calling 844-668-6463 or visiting the webpage.
Is Ozempic prescribed for weight loss? If so, how much does the drug cost when used for weight loss?
Ozempic is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for weight loss. It’s possible that this medication may decrease your appetite, which can cause weight loss to occur. However, the drug isn’t approved for this use. So, it’s not known whether it may be safe or effective for weight loss.
In some cases, it’s possible for your doctor to prescribe Ozempic for off-label use. This means your doctor can prescribe the drug for a different use than what it was approved for by the FDA.
Since this medication isn’t approved to treat weight loss, it’s not known how much Ozempic may cost for this use. Your insurance coverage may be different if the drug is being used off-label.
However, the best way to determine how much Ozempic may cost you is by calling your pharmacy. They can give you the cost of the medication based on your insurance coverage. In addition, you can also find out the cost of Ozempic through the manufacturer by calling 844-668-6463 or visiting the webpage.
A drug called Wegovy is available that contains the same active ingredient as Ozempic, semaglutide. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Wegovy is approved for weight loss in certain people when used with exercise and a low calorie diet.
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about treatments for weight loss and their costs. To learn more about how Ozempic and Wegovy compare, refer to this article.
What’s the cost of Ozempic with Medicare?
If you have Medicare coverage, the best way to find out how much Ozempic may cost is by visiting your pharmacy. This is because there are different Medicare plans, which may have different prescription drug coverage and copays. Your pharmacist can help determine what the cost of Ozempic may be through your insurance plan.
Unfortunately, people with Medicare coverage are not eligible for the Ozempic coupon. The coupon card can be used by people with commercial insurance plans only.
If you need help paying for your Ozempic prescription, see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section above.
What is Ozempic’s cost per month?
The cost that you pay for Ozempic each month may depend on a variety of factors, including:
- if you have insurance coverage
- your dose of Ozempic
- if you qualify for the Ozempic savings card
- the pharmacy you use
The best way to find out what your cost of Ozempic per month may be is by visiting your pharmacy. Your pharmacist can determine how much Ozempic may cost for you based on your specific insurance plan and dose of medication. You can also find out how much Ozempic may cost by calling the manufacturer at 844-668-6463 or visiting the webpage.
Ozempic 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 Ozempic 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 Ozempic. 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
Ozempic 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.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Ozempic, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Ozempic. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Ozempic.
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 Ozempic, refer to this article.
- Dosage. Learn about Ozempic and dosage by viewing this article.
- Side effects. For details about Ozempic’s side effects, see this article. You can also look at the Ozempic prescribing information.
- Drug comparison. Learn how Ozempic compares with Rybelsus, Trulicity, Victoza, and Wegovy.
- Interactions. You can find out more about what Ozempic interacts with by visiting this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about type 2 diabetes, see our diabetes hub. You can also refer to our list of diabetes articles.
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