Firazyr (icatibant) treats hereditary angioedema attacks in adults. Firazyr’s prescription cost may depend on your dosage and whether you have health insurance. It also may depend on the pharmacy you use and other factors.

The price you pay for Firazyr can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use. It could also depend on what you have to pay for an office visit, if needed, to receive injections.

To find out how much you’ll pay for Firazyr, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Firazyr is available as the generic drug icatibant. A generic drug contains an exact copy of the active ingredient in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

To find out how the costs of Firazyr injection and icatibant injection compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Firazyr and you’re interested in trying icatibant instead, talk with your doctor. They may recommend that you use one version instead of the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may cover only one drug or the other.

Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?

Years of research and testing are needed to ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug exclusively for up to 20 years. After that, other drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Firazyr and cost.

How does the cost of Firazyr compare with the cost of similar drugs, such as Takhzyro, Haegarda, or Orladeyo?

The cost of Firazyr compared with the cost of Takhzyro, Haegarda, or Orladeyo can depend on several factors.

Firazyr treats hereditary angioedema attacks, so you inject it only when needed. Takhzyro, Haegarda, and Orladeyo help prevent hereditary angioedema, so you’d inject them routinely. The frequency of treatment with a drug may affect its overall cost.

Firazyr, Takhzyro, and Haegarda come as an injection given under the skin. Orladeyo is an oral capsule. These different forms also may affect the cost.

Other factors that may affect how much you pay include:

  • whether savings or assistance programs are available for the drug you’re prescribed
  • whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
  • your prescribed dosage if using the drug routinely (or how often you require a dose if you’re using the drug only as needed)

If you have questions about how the costs of Firazyr and similar medications compare, talk with your doctor. Or ask your pharmacist or insurance provider. They can share more details on treatment costs based on your specific situation.

What is the cost of Firazyr with insurance?

The cost of Firazyr with insurance depends on various factors. These include:

The cost may also depend on your dosage and other factors, such as your copay. (That’s your share of the cost of a medication.)

To learn about the cost of Firazyr with insurance, talk with your insurance provider or your doctor. They can let you know what you can expect to pay for Firazyr.

You’ll likely need to have Firazyr filled at a specialty pharmacy. These pharmacies are experts in dispensing drugs for specific conditions that are less common or more expensive.

If you use Firazyr long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:

Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication: You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Firazyr if approved by your insurance company. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication: Your specialty pharmacy may mail Firazyr directly to your home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You also may be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through 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 help covering the cost of Firazyr or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

On these pages, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and other services.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Firazyr. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Firazyr in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Firazyr requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.

Be sure to ask your insurance company whether Firazyr requires prior authorization.

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