Cost of Buprenorphine Treatment to Patients

The cost of buprenorphine can vary depending on the dose. Cost of a dose of buprenorphine is determined by:

  • The pharmaceutical company, brand names and other companies that produce generic buprenorphine
  • The health plan
  • Retail pharmacies

Daily doses are normally from 8 mg to 24 mg, and the average retail price for these doses ranges from $4-$19 per day (Sullivan and Fiellin, 2008).

Patients who do not have health insurance can expect to pay around $500 per month for buprenorphine treatment, which includes the cost of the medication plus the cost of doctor's visits. These estimates are based on an average dose of 16mg/day ($12 x 30 days = $360) plus $100-$200 fee for office-visits. Of course, these rates will vary based on factors such as geographic location and proximity of other providers.

A variety of prescription discounts are available for low-income patients.

Update: As of March 2013, the FDA approved generic combination buprenorphine/naloxone tablets. These may significantly reduce the cost to patients.



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This pie chart shows the breakdown of how buprenorphine patients paid for their doctor's visits. 204 patients in NAABT's physician-patient matching system were surveyed.
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The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
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This study examines decision-making in the buprenorphine treatment distribution and payment systems. The study is based on interviews with health care leaders involved in the distribution and adoption of buprenorphine.
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The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
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