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Is the cost of your oseltamivir too expensive?

You may qualify for programs where you can pay as little as $0 per fill, subject to income and insurance status.

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NowPatient offers cost effective access to oseltamivir for everyone including those who are uninsured, those who have commercial insurance as well as those who are enrolled into state or federal programs like Medicaid, Medicare Part D, full Low Income Subsidy (LIS, “Extra Help”), TRICARE or Veterans (VA) Benefits.

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OverviewWhat can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my oseltamivir?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my oseltamivir?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my oseltamivir?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does oseltamivir cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for oseltamivir when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for oseltamivir even though I have insurance?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?How do I check prices for oseltamivir and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a oseltamivir co-pay program?Is there a oseltamivir Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much oseltamivir?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic oseltamivir?FDA approval of oseltamivirActive ingredient of oseltamivirUS brand name of oseltamivir and manufacturerUK brand name of oseltamivir and manufacturerPrescription requirement for oseltamivirAvailability of oseltamivir in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by oseltamivirHow does oseltamivir work?Forms of oseltamivir availableDosage of oseltamivirDirections for oseltamivir useWarnings and contraindications for oseltamivirUse of oseltamivir if pregnant or planning pregnancyPossible side effects of oseltamivirInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to oseltamivirSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my oseltamivir?

If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing oseltamivir outside of your plan using the Rx Advantage card, with costs that are usually lower than a typical plan copay. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

If you cannot afford the cash price possibly due to income constraints, then there is the option of applying to state assistance programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your oseltamivir without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.

What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my oseltamivir?

If you cannot afford the cash price of oseltamivir using the Rx Advantage card then there is the option of applying to state programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your oseltamivir without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.

What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my oseltamivir?

If you are insured with Medicare and have Part D or an Advantage drug plan but cannot afford your copay or co-insurance element (for example if you are in the coverage gap or Donut Hole) then you have a number of options:

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RX ADVANTAGE CARD

You can use the Rx Advantage to purchase the medication outside of your plan at prices that may be lower than you copay or co-insurance element. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

LOW INCOME SUBSIDY

If this is still too expensive or unaffordable then you can apply for federal support like Low Income Subsidy (LIS). To be eligible for Low Income Subsidy, you need to be resident in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. You can check eligibility online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

MEDICAID

Alternatively, you can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does oseltamivir cost without insurance?

Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase oseltamivir, as either a brand or generic, without the constraints of insurance. By using the Rx Advantage Card, users can save up to 90% on the cost of their medication. The card can be used at over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. Even if you are insured, in most cases the cash price will be significantly cheaper than your existing co-pay. NowPatient is able to negotiate discounts on bulk drug purchases with pharmacy owners meaning you can access lower medication prices at nearby pharmacies using our card that can be conveniently stored in your NowPatient account.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for oseltamivir when using the Rx Advantage Card?

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for oseltamivir using the Rx Advantage Card. If you are insured, your OOP expense can not be used against your plan deductible, if your plan has a deductible.

Yes. The Rx Advantage card is especially useful for people who have High-deductible health plans (HDHPs). It can be used for insured, uninsured, and underinsured persons.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?

No. We do not bill any federal or state insurance including Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug benefit). When you purchase your medication using the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card, you will be doing so out of pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket oseltamivir cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?

We do not bill your commercial insurance. When you purchase your medication using the Rx Advantage Card, from NowPatient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket oseltamivir cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

How do I check prices for oseltamivir and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?

You can search for the prices at nearby pharmacies using our website. Simply search your medication and enter your ZIP Code and we will show you the price of your drug at nearby pharmacies. If you are happy with the quote, you need to create an account with NowPatient and generate your card. Next, simply go to the pharmacy and fill your oseltamivir Rx. Ask the pharmacy to run the card and check the price, even if they tell you they have another card they use. Your card is stored safely in your NowPatient account.

Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?

No. The Rx Advantage prescription savings card is FREE to use and store for NowPatient users.

Is there a oseltamivir co-pay program?

Generic medications like oseltamivir do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of oseltamivir. You can search the brand name of oseltamivir and check to see if a co-pay program exists. Co-pay cards are programs run by pharmaceutical companies that offer you a direct way to lower your out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for eligible patients. The copay cards essentially allow physicians to prescribe medications that are clinically preferred.

Is there a oseltamivir Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?

Generic medications like oseltamivir do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of oseltamivir. You can search the brand name of oseltamivir and check to see if a co-PAP exists. PAPs are programs that are run and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. They offer uninsured, insured, or underinsured individuals access to high-cost brand-name medications, which may otherwise be unaffordable.

What should I do if I take too much oseltamivir?

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using oseltamivir. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you've used too much oseltamivir. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

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What is generic oseltamivir?

Generic oseltamivir refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of oseltamivir

Oseltamivir is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment and prevention of influenza (flu) in children and adults.

Active ingredient of oseltamivir

The active ingredient of oseltamivir is oseltamivir phosphate.

US brand name of oseltamivir and manufacturer

Oseltamivir is available in the US under the brand name Tamiflu. It is manufactured by Genentech, Inc.

UK brand name of oseltamivir and manufacturer

In the UK, oseltamivir is available under the brand name Tamiflu. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for oseltamivir

A prescription (Rx) is required for oseltamivir in both the US and the UK.

Availability of oseltamivir in the UK with NHS prescription

Oseltamivir is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by oseltamivir

Oseltamivir is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of influenza (symptoms include blocked or runny nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, fever, and chills) caused by influenza A and influenza B viruses infection of the respiratory tract in adults and children 1 year of age and over.

Oseltamivir is not recommended in place of the influenza vaccination. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends a yearly flu shot for the prophylaxis of influenza infection and new strains of the seasonal influenza virus.

How does oseltamivir work?

Oseltamivir is an antiviral medication that belongs to the class of neuraminidase inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the activity of the neuraminidase enzyme on the surface of the influenza virus. Oseltamivir is a pro-drug of the active metabolite (oseltamivir carboxylate). By blocking this enzyme, oseltamivir helps to prevent the release of newly formed viruses from infected cells and reduces the spread of the virus in the body.

Forms of oseltamivir available

Oseltamivir is available in the form of oral capsules and oral suspension.

Dosage of oseltamivir

The dosage of oseltamivir may vary depending on the individual’s age, weight, and the specific condition being treated. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for oseltamivir use

Oseltamivir should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The capsules or suspension are usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to start oseltamivir as soon as possible after the onset of flu symptoms for the most effective treatment.

Warnings and contraindications for oseltamivir

  • Oseltamivir may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication
  • Oseltamivir treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours of symptom onset
  • Tell your doctor if you have had a nasal flu vaccine in the past 2 weeks, if you have heart, lung, or kidney disease, are on dialysis, or have a weak immune system
  • Get emergency help if you have an allergic reaction to oseltamivir (hives, trouble breathing, swelling in your face, tongue or throat)
  • Oseltamivir passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Use of oseltamivir if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of oseltamivir during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy, especially in severe cases of influenza.

Possible side effects of oseltamivir

In clinical trials, when compared to placebo, common side effects of oseltamivir included nausea, vomiting, headache, and pain. Serious adverse events are rare but can occur. Promptly report any adverse effects to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Oseltamivir may interact with other medications. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, dietary supplements, multivitamins, and herbal products, to avoid any adverse effects and potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to oseltamivir

Other antiviral medications used for the treatment and prevention of influenza include zanamivir and peramivir.

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