If you’re looking at treatment options for migraine, you may want to learn more about Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) and its cost.
Aimovig is a prescription drug used to help prevent migraine episodes in adults. It comes as a liquid solution that you give yourself as an injection under your skin.
Keep reading for more information on the cost of Aimovig injections and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Aimovig, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Aimovig can vary. It may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use. To find out how much you’ll pay for Aimovig, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some common questions about Aimovig and cost.
How much does Aimovig cost with and without insurance?
Your cost for Aimovig may be different based on whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket. Your cost may be higher without insurance.
Your cost for Aimovig with insurance depends on factors such as:
- your individual plan benefits
- if you have a copay (your share of the cost)
- if you’re eligible for the manufacturer copay savings card AimAlly
But your out-of-pocket cost for Aimovig without insurance may depend on other factors, such as:
- the pharmacy you use (check with a few to find the best price)
- the strength of Aimovig you’re prescribed
- if you qualify for the Amgen Safety Net Foundation program, which helps with the cost of drugs such as Aimovig for those without insurance
If you have questions about your cost for this drug, check with your doctor or insurance provider (if you have one).
You can also refer to the section below titled “Can I get help paying for Aimovig?” for more information on programs that may offer financial assistance.
Is the Aimovig 140-mg injection more expensive than the 70-mg injection?
It’s possible. In some cases, a higher strength brand-name drug may be more expensive than a lower strength one. The cost of an Aimovig 140-milligram (mg) injection versus a 70-mg injection depends on many factors.
For example, if you have insurance, your cost will depend on what your copay is.
If you don’t have insurance, the pharmacy you use can affect how much you pay.
Your doctor can offer more specific information on the cost of Aimovig based on the strength you’re prescribed and your individual situation.
How does the cost of Aimovig compare with that of Emgality?
Aimovig and Emgality are both approved to help prevent migraine episodes. But Emgality is also approved to treat episodic cluster headaches. Both are injectable biologic drugs (made from parts of living organisms) that don’t have biosimilar versions. (Biosimilars are like generic drugs. Unlike generics, which are made for nonbiologic drugs, biosimilars are made for biologics.) If biosimilars were available, they might cost less than the brand-name versions of Aimovig and Emgality.
The cost of Aimovig versus Emgality depends on:
- if you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
- the pharmacy you use
- the strength of the drug
- the quantity of the drug
- cost-savings programs available
To learn more about how the cost of these two drugs compare, talk with your doctor or insurance provider (if you have insurance). They’ll be able to provide more specific information about the actual cost of these drugs.
If you need help covering the cost of Aimovig or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug cost assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. The manufacturer offers a copay cost savings program known as AimAlly to help you save on your copay if you have commercial insurance.
But if you don’t have insurance, another program called Amgen Safety Net Foundation may also be available for Aimovig if you’re eligible.
No. Aimovig is only available as a brand-name biologic drug. (A biologic is made from living cells.) Aimovig doesn’t have a biosimilar version. Biosimilars are similar to generics, but they’re made for biologics. Generics are exact copies of brand-name medications, but tend to cost less. This is the same for biosimilars, which often cost less than the brand-name, biologic version.
Why is there such a cost difference between biologic drugs and biosimilar drugs?
Biologic drugs can be expensive because of the research and testing needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a biologic drug can sell it for up to
12 years. When the biologic drug’s patent expires, other drug makers can create biosimilar versions. This competition in the market may lead to lower costs for biosimilars. And because biosimilars are very similar to biologic drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower costs for biosimilars.
If you use Aimovig long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
- Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Aimovig if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Aimovig. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider to learn if you’re eligible.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Aimovig. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. 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. They can also tell you about other cost savings.
If you still have questions about the cost of Aimovig, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk to your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Aimovig.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Will I have to pay more if I’m prescribed a higher dose of Aimovig?
- Are there other lower cost options to help prevent migraine episodes?
- Does the cost of Aimovig depend on the dosage form of the drug (prefilled SureClick auto-injector versus prefilled syringe)?
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