Opzelura (ruxolitinib) is a prescription drug used to treat certain skin conditions, including eczema and vitiligo. Opzelura’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

The price you pay for Opzelura can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

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

Opzelura only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication but tends to cost less.

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.

If you use Opzelura 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 Opzelura if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Opzelura. If you’re interested in a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication: Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Opzelura. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of Opzelura 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 Opzelura or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

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

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

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

What is Opzelura’s price without insurance?

What you’ll pay for Opzelura without insurance depends on several factors. But generally, your cost will be higher without insurance.

Factors that may affect your cost without insurance include:

  • the condition the drug is being used to treat
  • your treatment plan
  • the pharmacy you use
  • the quantity of medication you receive (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
  • whether you qualify for a savings program, such as the Opzelura Copay Savings Program

To find out Opzelura’s price without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You may also want to check with a few pharmacies to find the best price for Opzelura.

What is Opzelura’s cost with insurance?

Opzelura’s cost with health insurance depends on various factors. These include:

  • your specific plan benefits
  • whether you qualify for a savings program

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

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

If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Opzelura. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Opzelura in regard to your treatment. Then, the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Opzelura 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 Opzelura requires prior authorization.

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