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Is the cost of your pioglitazone too expensive?
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NowPatient offers cost effective access to pioglitazone 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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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my pioglitazone?
If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone?
If you cannot afford the cash price of pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone?
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:
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).
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 pioglitazone cost without insurance?
Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase pioglitazone, 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 pioglitazone when using the Rx Advantage Card?
Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for pioglitazone 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.
Is it legal for me to pay cash for pioglitazone even though I have insurance?
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 pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.
How do I check prices for pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone co-pay program?
Generic medications like pioglitazone do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of pioglitazone. You can search the brand name of pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?
Generic medications like pioglitazone do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of pioglitazone. You can search the brand name of pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone?
Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using pioglitazone. 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 pioglitazone. 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 pioglitazone?
Generic pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone
Pioglitazone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Active ingredient of pioglitazone
The active ingredient of pioglitazone is pioglitazone hydrochloride. Pioglitazone is both a PPAR-(peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor) gamma and PPAR-alpha agonist.
US brand name of pioglitazone and manufacturer
Pioglitazone is available under various brand names in the US, including Actos. These medications are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.
UK brand name of pioglitazone and manufacturer
In the UK, pioglitazone is available under various brand names, and the manufacturers may vary.
Prescription requirement for pioglitazone
A prescription (Rx) is required for pioglitazone in both the US and the UK.
Availability of pioglitazone in the UK with NHS prescription
Pioglitazone is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.
Conditions treated by pioglitazone
Pioglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. It helps to improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels.
How does pioglitazone work?
Pioglitazone is a thiazolidinedione used with diet to manage glycemic levels in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. It helps the body effectively use insulin to lower blood glucose levels.
Forms of pioglitazone available
Pioglitazone is available in the form of oral tablets.
Dosage of pioglitazone
The dosage of pioglitazone may vary depending on individual patient factors and response to treatment. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.
Directions for pioglitazone use
Pioglitazone should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food.
Warnings and precautions for pioglitazone
- Pioglitazone may cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure, particularly in patients with pre-existing heart disease
- Increased risk of bladder cancer, especially with long-term use
- You should have your blood sugar and glycosolated hemoglobin checked regularly while taking pioglitazone
- Diabetic patients should tell their doctor if they have ever had diabetic eye disease, kidney or liver disease
- Pioglitazone is not recommended for the treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis
Interactions with other drugs
Pioglitazone may have an increased risk of drug interactions with certain medications, including other oral antidiabetic drugs, insulin, and certain medications that affect liver function. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs you are taking including vitamins and herbal supplements, to avoid potential interactions.
Use of pioglitazone during pregnancy
Pioglitazone should not be used during pregnancy. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to discuss alternative treatment options.
Use of pioglitazone while breastfeeding
Pioglitazone is not recommended while breastfeeding. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to discuss the specific situation.
Possible side effects of pioglitazone
In clinical trials, when compared to placebo, common side effects of pioglitazone included weight gain, fluid retention, headache, and upper respiratory tract infections. Serious adverse effects are rare but can include heart failure, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), increased cholesterol, liver problems, shortness of breath and bone fractures.
Similar drugs to pioglitazone
Other diabetes drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes include rosiglitazone, metformin, sulfonylureas, and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors.
- FDA Prescribing Information for Pioglitazone
- MHRA product information for Pioglitazone
- NHS UK
NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.
The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.
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