Suboxone can be an expensive drug without insurance, but the good news is that most insurance providers do cover Suboxone treatment.
There are many different factors that go into the pricing of Suboxone, so the price can fall in a large range. A Suboxone prescription can run anywhere from $90 to $600 for a 30-day supply.
What Factors Determine The Price Of Suboxone?
Suboxone comes in multiple variations of doses and strengths that affect pricing. A person may also need one to three doses daily in order to keep the symptoms of opioid withdrawal at bay.
A few factors that affect the pricing of Suboxone prescriptions include:
- whether the prescription is for Suboxone strips or tablets
- the number of pills or strips in the prescription
- the strength of the medication (higher strengths closer to the 16 mg/4 mg dose will be more costly)
- how many doses a person needs in a day
Cost Of Suboxone With Insurance
Most insurance providers will cover most, if not all, of the cost of Suboxone prescriptions.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most major insurance providers to cover addiction treatment services, including Suboxone treatment.
Not all insurance providers will have the same level of coverage for Suboxone treatment. Some prescriptions may be more costly than others depending on how much insurance covers.
Health Insurance Providers That Cover Suboxone
There are multiple private and government-funded health insurance providers that cover the cost of Suboxone treatment.
A few of these include:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Kaiser Permanente
- Medicaid coverage for Suboxone
- UnitedHealth Group
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Factors That Affect The Cost Of Suboxone With Insurance
There are a few key factors that will influence the final cost of a Suboxone prescription, such as the following.
Meeting Your Deductible
The cost of your Suboxone prescription will depend on how high your deductible is with your specific health insurance provider.
If you have a high deductible, you’ll need to cover the cost of Suboxone out-of-pocket for a while until the deductible is met.
Not all health insurance plans have a copay, but if your plan does have a copay, that’s going to factor into the cost.
Some health insurance companies allow for Suboxone treatment at no copay, even if you usually have to pay one.
The cost for a Suboxone prescription with a copay can be up to about $470, depending on your insurance policy and the prescription.
With coinsurance, you and your health insurance are agreeing to cover Suboxone prescriptions (and other medical expenses) in differing amounts that add up to 100%.
For example, if you have coinsurance of 10% and your Suboxone prescription is $100, you’ll pay $10 out-of-pocket, and the insurance company will pay the remaining $90.
Cost Of Suboxone Without Insurance
Without insurance, Suboxone can get costly. The price will be different depending on whether strips or tablets are chosen.
Cost Of Suboxone Strips Without Insurance
Suboxone strips cost anywhere between $60 to $250 for a 14-day supply. The lower end will be lower-strength doses, such as 2 mg (milligrams)/0.5 mg or 4 mg/1 mg.
The higher doses of Suboxone films are going to be on the higher end of the pay scale. Suboxone strips at 8 mg/2 mg are about $10 per strip, and 16 mg/4 mg doses are $20 per strip.
Here are prices for a 30-day supply of different prescription strengths of Suboxone strips:
- 8 mg/2 mg: $240 to $300
- 16 mg/ 4 mg: $600
With a target dose of 12 to 16 mg/ 4 mg for most patients, Suboxone strips can cost as much as $600 in a month.
Though Suboxone has been administered in doses of 24 mg/ 4 mg, which would cost around $1,200, this is very rare. Most patients do not exceed 16 mg/ 4 mg.
Cost Of Suboxone Tablets Without Insurance
Suboxone tablets are cheaper than Suboxone strips. The 2 mg/0.5 mg cost $3 or $4 per tablet, and the 8 mg/2 mg cost $6 to $8 per tablet.
Here are prices for a 30-day supply of different prescription strengths of Suboxone tablets:
- 2 mg/0.5 mg: $90 to $120
- 8 mg/2 mg: $180 to $240
The target dose of Suboxone is 12 to 16 mg/4 mg, which brings the total monthly cost to about $360 to $480.
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- U.S. Food & Drug administration—SUBOXONE (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets