Mifepristone and cost | BY HEIDI

Mifepristone and cost | BY HEIDI


     


    Overview of mifepristone

    Mifepristone is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for the following uses in certain people:


    to manage high blood sugar due to Cushing’s syndrome

    for the medical termination of an early pregnancy (medical abortion)


    Drug details

    Here are some details about mifepristone:


    Drug class: antiprogestinal steroid

    Drug form: oral tablet

    Brand-name versions: Korlym, Mifeprex


    Mifepristone cost

    As with all medications, the cost of mifepristone can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your insurance coverage and the pharmacy you use. It may also depend on the cost of the visit to your healthcare professional to receive doses of mifepristone.


    To find out what the cost of mifepristone will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.



    Generic vs. brand-name drugs

    Mifepristone is a generic drug, which is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.


    Mifepristone is available as two different brand-name drugs: Korlym and Mifeprex. To find out how the cost of Korlym or Mifeprex compares with the cost of mifepristone, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.


    If your doctor has prescribed mifepristone and you’re interested in using Korlym or Mifeprex, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.


    Using a mail-order pharmacy

    Mifepristone may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications.


    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.


    Financial and insurance assistance

    If you need financial support to pay for mifepristone, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:


    Medicine Assistance Tool

    These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.


    Next steps

    Now that you’ve learned about cost and mifepristone, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to you and mifepristone. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for mifepristone.


    Here are some other resources you may find helpful:


    Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.

    Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.

    Information about medical termination of pregnancy. For more information about medical abortion, see this article.You can also refer to our list of related articles.

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