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.
- Needy Meds
- Free Drug Card Program
- AAA members can save an average of 20% off the retail price of prescriptions, valid at participating pharmacies.
Update: As of March 2013, the FDA approved generic combination buprenorphine/naloxone tablets. These may significantly reduce the cost to patients.