Trulicity is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Trulicity is also prescribed to lower the risk of certain cardiovascular problems. For this use, Trulicity may be prescribed in adults with type 2 diabetes who have heart disease, or who have risk factors for heart disease.
Trulicity contains the active drug dulaglutide, which is a biologic drug. It belongs to a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist.
For more information about the benefits of Trulicity treatment and its uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Trulicity:
- How it’s given: subcutaneous injection in single-dose prefilled disposable pens
- Biosimilar version: not available
Read on to learn about Trulicity injection price, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of Trulicity can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Trulicity has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Trulicity will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Trulicity.
How much does Trulicity cost with insurance vs. without insurance? How about with Medicare?
How much Trulicity costs with insurance and without insurance can vary. This includes the cost you may pay for Trulicity if you have Medicare. In general, costs for prescription medications such as Trulicity are typically less with insurance than without insurance.
Different insurance plans, including Medicare plans, have different costs for prescriptions. Keep in mind that not all Medicare plans include coverage for prescription medications. Costs for prescriptions are covered under Medicare Part D. If your plan doesn’t include Part D coverage, your costs for prescriptions such as Trulicity may be higher.
Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider if you’d like to know more about the cost you’ll pay for Trulicity.
What does Trulicity cost per month?
How much Trulicity costs per month can vary from person to person. This is because the price you pay for Trulicity depends on several factors, including your insurance coverage and the pharmacy you use.
To learn more about the costs you’ll pay for Trulicity per month, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Trulicity contains the active ingredient dulaglutide, and it’s available only as a brand-name biologic drug. It doesn’t come in a biosimilar version. A biosimilar medication is a drug that’s similar to a brand-name biologic drug (the parent drug). Also, biosimilars tend to cost less than brand-name medications.
Why are costs different for biologic drugs vs. biosimilar drugs?
Biologic drugs can be expensive because of the research needed to test their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a biologic drug can sell it for up to
12 years. When the biologic drug’s patent expires, multiple manufacturers can create biosimilar versions. This marketplace competition may lead to lower costs for biosimilars. Also, because biosimilars are very similar to biologic drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.
If you take Trulicity 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 Trulicity. 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
Trulicity 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 Trulicity, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called Lily Cares Foundation is available for Trulicity. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, call 800-545-6962 or visit the program website.
- A Trulicity Savings Card is available from the drug’s manufacturer. To learn more and apply for a card, visit this 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 or help with costs of Trulicity, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Trulicity, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Trulicity. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Trulicity.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for Trulicity, see this article. You can also view these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Trulicity, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about diabetes, see our diabetes hub and list of diabetes articles. You can also view our cardiovascular hub and cardiovascular articles.
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