How Much Does Ozempic Cost Without Insurance?

By Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN
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September 8, 2022

Ozempic is a brand-name prescription drug that treats type 2 diabetes when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. It is also under review by the FDA for use as a weight loss medication along with diet and exercise. 

This once-weekly subcutaneous injection helps balance blood sugar and lower the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack in people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Currently, there are no generic forms of Ozempic. The average retail cost of Ozempic without insurance can range from $1,205 to $1,368.

In this article, I’ll discuss the cost of Ozempic, detailing the price without insurance, where you can get it, and where you can purchase it at a lower cost.

How Much Does Ozempic Cost Without Insurance?

The average daily cost of Ozempic is $6.97, which adds up to average $209 per month and  $2,544 annually. People without health insurance can talk with their healthcare provider about other options for diabetes medications. 

There are several other treatments that come in generic forms, which tend to cost less. 

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Is Ozempic Covered by Insurance?

Your insurance plan may cover part of the cost of Ozempic, however, coverage and copays vary from plan to plan. Contact your insurance company to learn if they cover Ozempic and, if so, how much they cover before you start treatment. 

Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage, and some commercial insurance plans may require you to get authorization before starting treatment. They may also ask you to try alternative diabetes medications before agreeing to cover Ozempic. 

Savings card

If you have private or commercial insurance, such as health insurance through your employer, you may qualify for paying as little as $25 for a one-, two-, or three-month prescription using the Novo Nordisk savings card.

The maximum savings is $150 per one-month prescription, $300 per two-month prescription, or $450 per three-month prescription. You must use the savings within 24 months of activating the card. 

Eligibility requirements change, so check with Novo Nordisk (the maker of Ozempic) for the latest guidelines. 

How to Get Ozempic Without Insurance

There are other ways to save money when buying Ozempic.

Patient assistance program

Novo Nordisk offers a patient assistance program for people who don’t have insurance or who have insurance through Medicare. Those who qualify may receive the medication at no cost. 

If a job change due to COVID-19 caused you to lose your health insurance, you may qualify for a free 90-day supply of insulin through their patient assistance program. 

Health insurance policies

One of the best ways to reduce the cost of Ozempic for the long-term is to get a health insurance policy. 

Most insurance plans are affordable and cost less than purchasing a year’s worth of Ozempic. Marketplace is an online shopping center for federal and state-based health insurance plans.

On Marketplace, you can: 

  • Shop the different plans and compare costs, benefits, and deductibles
  • Learn if you qualify for tax credits, subsidies, or special programs
  • Apply and enroll in a health insurance plan

Medicaid

If you shop for health insurance policies and even the lowest cost is too expensive, consider applying for a Medicaid plan. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to particular groups of people. 

People with certain disabilities, low-income families, and qualified pregnant people are examples of groups who can receive Medicaid. Some Medicaid health insurance plans help cover the cost of expensive drugs like Ozempic. 

Check with your state’s Medicaid website for eligibility requirements. 

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Alternatives for Ozempic at a Lower Cost

If you are uninsured, consider discussing alternative options for managing your type 2 diabetes with your healthcare provider. There are many diabetes medications, some of which offer generic versions that are more affordable than Ozempic. 

Examples of other drugs used to manage diabetes include:

  • Metformin
  • Meglitinides
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Bile acid sequestrants
  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

Ozempic is in the drug family called GLP-1 agonists. 

While there are several other medications in this class, no generic versions are currently available. However, switching to a different GLP-1 agonist may lead to some cost savings. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a monthly supply of Ozempic?
The average monthly cost of Ozempic is $209.
What is the cost of Ozempic without insurance?
Ozempic can be expensive without insurance. If you desire health insurance to help cover the cost of Ozempic, visit Marketplace to explore the different plans available. You may also qualify for Medicaid if you have certain disabilities or fall into a certain income category.
What does Walmart charge for Ozempic?
Pharmacies can have different drug prices depending on their location. Speak with your local Walmart pharmacist about your questions regarding Ozempic’s price.
What is the average cost of Ozempic?
The average weekly cost of Ozempic is $49 a week, which adds up to $2,544 per year.
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Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN

Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years experience. He received his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from William Paterson University and his doctoral degree from Drexel University. He has spent his career working in the Emergency Room and Primary Care. The last 6 years of his career have been dedicated to the field of digital medicine. He has created departments geared towards this specialized practice as well as written blogs and a book about the topic.