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Is the cost of your teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my teriflunomide?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my teriflunomide?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does teriflunomide cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for teriflunomide when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a teriflunomide co-pay program?Is there a teriflunomide Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much teriflunomide?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic teriflunomide?FDA approval of teriflunomideActive ingredient of teriflunomideUS brand name of teriflunomide and manufacturerUK brand name of teriflunomide and manufacturerPrescription requirement for teriflunomideAvailability of teriflunomide in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by teriflunomideTeriflunomide’s mechanism of actionForms of teriflunomide availableDosage of teriflunomideDirections for teriflunomide useWarnings and contraindications for teriflunomideUse of teriflunomide during pregnancy and breastfeedingPossible side effects of teriflunomideInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to teriflunomideSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my teriflunomide?

If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide?

If you cannot afford the cash price of teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide?

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).

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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 teriflunomide cost without insurance?

Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase teriflunomide, 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 teriflunomide when using the Rx Advantage Card?

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

How do I check prices for teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide co-pay program?

Generic medications like teriflunomide do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of teriflunomide. You can search the brand name of teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?

Generic medications like teriflunomide do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of teriflunomide. You can search the brand name of teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide?

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using teriflunomide. 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 teriflunomide. 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 teriflunomide?

Generic teriflunomide 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 teriflunomide

Teriflunomide is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), including relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).

Active ingredient of teriflunomide

The active ingredient of teriflunomide is teriflunomide.

US brand name of teriflunomide and manufacturer

Teriflunomide is available in the US under the brand name Aubagio. It is manufactured by Sanofi Genzyme.

UK brand name of teriflunomide and manufacturer

In the UK, teriflunomide is available under the brand name Aubagio. It is manufactured by Sanofi Genzyme.

Prescription requirement for teriflunomide

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

Availability of teriflunomide in the UK with NHS prescription

Teriflunomide is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by teriflunomide

Teriflunomide is an immunosuppressive agent used for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), including relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). It helps to reduce the frequency of MS relapses and delay the progression of disability.

teriflunomide’s mechanism of action

Teriflunomide is an immunomodulatory medication that works by inhibiting certain enzymes (dihydroorotate dehydrogenase) involved in de novo pyrimidine synthesis. It reduces the activity of lymphocytes and activated T cells, that contribute to the inflammation and damage seen in multiple sclerosis. By modulating the immune system, teriflunomide helps to prevent MS relapses and slow down the progression of the disease.

Forms of teriflunomide available

Teriflunomide is available in the form of oral tablets.

Dosage of teriflunomide

The dosage of teriflunomide may vary depending on the individual’s condition, medical history, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the medication guide provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for teriflunomide use

Teriflunomide should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets are usually taken orally, once daily, with or without food. It is important to swallow the tablets whole and avoid crushing or chewing them.

Warnings and contraindications for teriflunomide

  • Teriflunomide may cause certain side effects, including liver problems (pain in the upper stomach, loss of appetite, dark urine, nausea, unusual tiredness or weakness, yellowing of the eyes or skin), decreased white blood cell count, and increased blood pressure. It may also have interactions with other medications. Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken
  • Regular monitoring of liver function and blood cell count may be required during treatment with teriflunomide
  • Tell your doctor if you have diabetes, cancer or other medical conditions affecting the bone marrow, high blood pressure (hypertension), peripheral neuropathy, or kidney disease
  • Females who become pregnant while taking teriflunomide should take cholestyramine or activated charcoal after discontinuation of treatment. You should not commence treatment with teriflunomide until you have had a pregnancy test

Use of teriflunomide during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Teriflunomide can cause serious birth defects and should not be used by pregnant women or by women of childbearing potential who are not using reliable contraception. It can also pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

Possible side effects of teriflunomide

In clinical trials common side effects of teriflunomide may include diarrhea, tiredness, alopecia, hair thinning, nausea, and increased blood pressure. Serious side effects are possible but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare professional. Get medical help right away if you have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, worsening shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, red skin lesions, blisters, and serious skin reactions.

Interactions with other drugs

Teriflunomide may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants such as warfarin, other medications that suppress the immune system such as azathioprine, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), paclitaxel, repaglinide, rosuvastatin, simvastatin, and theophylline. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to teriflunomide

Other disease-modifying therapies used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis include leflunomide, interferons, glatiramer acetate, and dimethyl fumarate.

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