Wegovy™ (semaglutide) is expensive. There is no way around it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a generic, and it is covered under an active patent. However, manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help. Losing excess weight and lowering your risk of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity is a great financial investment that will pay off in a longer, healthier lifespan, but everyone wants to save money when they can.
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Pharmacy discount coupons can save you up to 80% off the cost of prescriptions. They are free to download and use at local and online pharmacies. Though they have some restrictions, they can typically be used whether or not you have insurance.
Most insurance plans do not cover Wegovy™, so pharmacy coupons can be a great option for people who want to save money off the average retail price of Wegovy™, which is currently $1,349 per month list price, the wholesale price is typically 20% more.
Pharmacy discount coupon providers strike a deal with a network of pharmacies to offer a basket of prescription medications at a discounted price. When you use their discount coupon, they collect a fee.
The process for using a prescription discount card is easy:
There are dozens of companies that offer pharmacy discount cards. Here are a few and their current prices for Wegovy™ 4 prefilled 0.25mg pens of 0.25mg/0.50ml (zip code 45324 was used for consistency in pricing, all searches were completed on 6/1/22):
GoodRx is one of the larger companies offering pharmacy discount coupons. They partner with several chain pharmacies, including over 70,000 pharmacies nationwide. Here is a sample of Wegovy™ prices using a GoodRx voucher:
The biggest discount in this sample is 2% off the $1,349 manufacturer’s list price.
SingleCare is another large prescription card company. They have partnered with over 35,000 pharmacies nationwide. Here is a sample of Wegovy™ prices using a SingleCare voucher:
The biggest discount in this sample is 10% off the $1,349 manufacturer’s list price.
Blink Health partners with over 35,000 pharmacies nationwide. It offers Wegovy™ for $1,414.99 and the option for local pharmacy pickup.
Drugs.com offers a discount prescription card that is accepted in most U.S. pharmacies. Their current price for Wegovy™ 0.25 mg/0.5 mL (0.25 mg dose) is $1,430.01 for 2 ml.
Wegovy™ discount coupon pricing was unavailable from many prescription coupon providers because of the current shortage.
Novo Nordisk offers a savings card for people with and without insurance.
According to the Novo Nordisk website, if you have private or commercial insurance, you can save up to $200.00 per 28-day supply by paying with a $25.00 coupon that covers a 28-day supply. The $25.00 copay card can be used to cover up to six 28-day prescriptions or a total of 24 pens. The offer is valid through 6/30/22. After your sixth prescription fill or July 1, 2022, you will then pay as little as $25 per 28-day supply, $50 per 56-day supply, or $75 per 84-day supply of Wegovy™. Subject to a maximum savings of $200 per 28-day supply (“Savings Benefit”), $400 per 56-day supply, or $600 per 84-day supply of Wegovy™.
These are the restrictions of the program. You must/can:
If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover Wegovy™, you can save up to $500.00 per 28-day supply of Wegovy™.
While private and public health insurance carriers rarely covered treatment for obesity in the past, times are changing, especially since a better understanding of the biochemistry behind obesity and its metabolic effect led to its classification as a chronic disease by the U.S. government in 2004 and by the American Medical Association in 2013.
Especially important is the understanding that while a low-calorie diet and exercise can lead to weight loss, a change in physiology can make it easier to regain lost weight.
A 2017 study found that among 136 marketplace health insurance plans, 11% of plans covering nine states had some coverage for drugs to treat obesity. Medicare policy excludes drug therapy for obesity. Seven state Medicare programs offer drug coverage.
The 2019 Health Reform and Health Mandates for Obesity notes that:
Wegovy™ is a prescription brand name medication that is covered by patent protection for the next 20 years, which means that Novo Nordisk owns sole rights to sell Wegovy™ and, therefore, can price it as a monopoly. The manufacturer offers discounts for people who are insured and meet the program qualifications.
A better understanding of the physiology behind obesity makes it more likely that insurance companies will expand coverage for obesity medications, such as Wegovy™. If you are interested in losing excess weight, contact the healthcare professionals at Invigor Medical to learn more about your treatment options.
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