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NowPatient offers cost effective access to tobramycin 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 tobramycin?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my tobramycin?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my tobramycin?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does tobramycin cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for tobramycin when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for tobramycin 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 tobramycin and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a tobramycin co-pay program?Is there a tobramycin Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much tobramycin?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic tobramycin?FDA approval of tobramycinActive ingredient of tobramycinUS brand name of tobramycin and manufacturerUK brand name of tobramycin and manufacturerPrescription requirement for tobramycinAvailability of tobramycin in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by tobramycinHow does tobramycin work?Forms of tobramycin availableDosage of tobramycinDirections for tobramycin useWarnings and contraindications for tobramycinUse of tobramycin during pregnancyUse of tobramycin while breastfeedingPossible side effects of tobramycinInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to tobramycinSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my tobramycin?

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

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

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 tobramycin cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic tobramycin 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 tobramycin

Tobramycin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various bacterial infections.

Active ingredient of tobramycin

The active ingredient of tobramycin is tobramycin.

US brand name of tobramycin and manufacturer

Tobramycin is available in the US under various brand names, including Aktob, Tobrex, Nebcin, and Tobi. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of tobramycin and manufacturer

In the UK, tobramycin is available under various brand names, including Tobradex and Tobi. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for tobramycin

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

Availability of tobramycin in the UK with NHS prescription

Tobramycin is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by tobramycin

Tobramycin sulfate is primarily used for the treatment of bacterial infections, particularly ear, respiratory tract infections and eye infections.

How does tobramycin work?

Tobramycin belongs to a class of medications known as aminoglycoside antibiotics. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and killing them, thereby treating the infection. Tobramycin is active against Staphylococci aureus, Staphylococci epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Morganella morganii, Proteus mirabilis, and Haemophilus influenzae. Bacteria resistant to gentamicin remain susceptible to tobramycin.

Forms of tobramycin available

Tobramycin is available in various formulations, including tobramycin ophthalmic solution (eye drops), eye ointment, inhalation solution, and injection.

Dosage of tobramycin

The dosage of tobramycin may vary depending on the specific infection being treated, the patient’s weight, and other factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by a healthcare professional.

Directions for tobramycin use

Tobramycin should be used exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication may be administered topically (such as eye drops or eye ointment), inhaled (using a nebulizer), or given via injection. It is important to use tobramycin consistently and complete the prescribed treatment course.

Warnings and contraindications for tobramycin

  • Tobramycin may cause certain side effects, including irritation or burning sensation in the eyes, stinging or irritation in the nose or throat (when inhaled), and hypersensitivity reactions. It may also have effects on kidney function and hearing. Close monitoring is necessary during treatment
  • It may interact with certain medications. Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken
  • Do not wear contact lenses while using tobramycin ophthalmic eye drops as it may contain preservatives that discolor the lenses

Use of tobramycin during pregnancy

The use of tobramycin during pregnancy should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider. The medication may be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Use of tobramycin while breastfeeding

Tobramycin may pass into breast milk. The use of tobramycin while breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider, considering the potential risks and benefits for the mother and the infant.

Possible side effects of tobramycin

Common side effects of tobramycin may include irritation or burning sensation in the eyes, changes in taste (when used as eye drops), and cough (when inhaled). Serious side effects are rare but may include nephrotoxicity and neuromuscular toxicity. Promptly report any adverse reactions to a healthcare provider. 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

Tobramycin may interact with certain medications, including other aminoglycosides, vancomycin, cisplatin, and diuretics such as furosemide (I.V. loop diuretics increase the risk of ototoxicity) 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 tobramycin

Other antibiotics used for the treatment of bacterial infections include gentamicin, amikacin, and ciprofloxacin.

Sources

  • FDA Prescribing Information for Tobramycin
  • MHRA product information for Tobramycin
  • WebMD – Tobramycin
  • Drugs.com – Tobramycin
  • NHS UK
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