Victoza (liraglutide) is a brand-name prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to:
- improve blood sugar levels in adults and in children ages 10 years and older with type 2 diabetes
- reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, in adults with both type 2 diabetes and heart disease
For more information about Victoza’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Victoza:
- Drug form: solution for subcutaneous injection inside single-dose pre-filled pens
- Generic version: none available
Read on to learn about the Victoza pen and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of Victoza can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Victoza has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
In addition, you may need to purchase needles to use Victoza. The cost of needles for Victoza pens can vary depending on the pharmacy you use.
To find out what the cost of Victoza injections 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 Victoza. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Victoza 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 Victoza requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Victoza.
Is there a Victoza manufacturer coupon available?
There’s a Victoza coupon card, but it’s no longer possible to sign up for a new card. If you’ve previously applied for and received this card, its benefits are active through April 30, 2023.
To learn more about possible ways to save on your Victoza prescription, see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below.
How much does Victoza cost with insurance, compared to without insurance?
The cost of prescription drugs, including Victoza, can vary with insurance and without insurance.
In general, prescription medications tend to cost more without insurance than with insurance. However, the price you pay for Victoza can be affected by other factors, such as the pharmacy you use.
Talk with your pharmacist if you’d like to know more about the costs you may pay for Victoza, including costs with or without insurance.
What’s the cost of Victoza with Medicare?
The cost of Victoza with Medicare can vary depending on certain factors. These include your specific Medicare plan and the pharmacy you use.
You may be able to use this cost navigator from Victoza’s manufacturer to determine the cost you’ll pay based on your insurance plan. Your pharmacist or insurance company can also tell you more about the price of your Victoza prescription.
Victoza 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 Victoza 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 Victoza. 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
Victoza 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 Victoza, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- A program called the NovoCare Patient Assistance Program (PAP) is available for Victoza. If you don’t have insurance or have Medicare, you may be able to get Victoza at no cost with PAP. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for help with costs, call 866-310-7549 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 Victoza, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Victoza. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Victoza.
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 Victoza, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about side effects of Victoza, see this article.
- Dosage. For details about Victoza’s dosage, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about diabetes, see our diabetes hub. You can also see our cardiovascular health hub to learn more about heart and blood vessel health.
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.