Eliquis Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Eliquis, a prescription drug designed to decrease the chances of a stroke for people with a condition known as atrial fibrillation, can also be used to help prevent clots in the lungs or in the veins.

According to drug research, Eliquis is the second most popular anticoagulant or also known as “blood thinners,” joining forces with other popular brands such as Coumadin, Xarelto and Pradaxa.

At the time of this publishing, there are no generic alternatives for Eliquis, but the good news is most private insurance companies, as well as Medicare, can cover a portion of the costs.

The cost of Eliquis

The cost of Eliquis depends on the dosage, your insurance coverage and the number of tablets you purchase at the time of pickup.

According to the calls and research made via local popular pharmacies, such as Costco and Walmart, we found the average price would average about $8 per tablet without insurance, but as with any medicine, the more you purchased at once, the more you could save.  In conclusion, it equates to about $485 per month when taking two capsules per day.

As for those who have insurance, GoodRX.com notes that 77 percent of Medicare Part D and the Medicare Advantage plan will cover this drug, with the average co-pay ranging anywhere from $17 to $482.  While this is the co-pay for Medicare plans, it can be safe to assume most private insurance policies will be inside this range as well, but to be for certain, it’s best to talk with your insurance plan and/or local pharmacy to see what you’re responsible for.  According to the official website of the drug, over 90 percent of those on commercial and Medicare Part D plans are covered.

To make it easier to see the prices, we created a table, along with the averages we found, in our table below.  Keep in mind these prices are without insurance coverage, so if you do have insurance, be sure to check with your insurance carrier to know what you will be responsible for.

DosagePrice Estimate
2.5 MG- 60 tablets: $485
- 120 tablets: $975
- 180 tablets: $1,425
5 MG- 60 tablets: $485
- 120 tablets: $975
- 180 tablets: $1,425

NOTE:  These costs were combined by calling/researching five local pharmacies in our area — Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, CVS and Sam’s Club.

How to save on Eliquis

The official provider of the drug, Bristol-Myers Squibb, offers an “Eliquis Co-Pay Card,” a savings card which can help reduce the out-of-pocket costs based on your household income.  If you’re interested in the card, follow the link, fill out the information and see if you qualify for savings.  If you do qualify, you will then receive a coupon, helping you pay as little as $10 per fill, that you can present at your local pharmacy to cut down the costs.

Aside from the co-pay card, the manufacturer of the drug also offers a free trial offer card, which, in order to receive, will have to be requested via your healthcare provider.  Once received, you can use the code on your card to activate it on their website to receive a free trial at your local pharmacy.

Aside from the abovementioned methods, Pfizer, as well as local state and federal programs, non-profits and other organizations, can help you pay for your prescription drugs if you cannot afford them.   Pfizer RxPathways, offered by Pfizer, for example, can help those who meet income requirements, receive their medications at no cost or a lower co-pay, again, based on your profile.  Aside from Pfizer, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance can help you find local organizations that are able to help you as well.  This is a free service that you can use to see if you qualify as well.

If at all possible, talk with your doctor to see if they can prescribe a longer prescription.  As you can see from the table above, the more tablets you get prescribed at once, the more you’re going to be able to save.

Talk with your doctor about lower-cost alternatives as Coumadin, for example, can be up to 90 percent less and just as effective for some people.  If you’re finding a hard time affording this drug, there may be a lower cost alternative which may be better for your wallet.  For example, take a look at these alternative Anticoagulants offered by GoodRX.com to see which alternatives may be the cheapest option.

You do not need private health insurance to maximize your savings as some third-party websites can help you save just as much, if not more.  Consider looking at Drugs.com or GoodRx.com to see if their free coupons can help you save money on your next prescription.

Drug overview

Eliquis is used to prevent blood clots and has been found to be an effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins.  Most people will take this drug twice a day, but depending on your circumstances, your doctor may change your dose a lot.  Always take the medication as prescribed by your doctor.

It will require a prescription, no exceptions.

Eliquis has two black box warnings from the FDA.

Tips to know

Eliquis has market exclusivity until December 24, 2017, meaning it prevents competitors from submitting new drug applications.  However, there is also a patent on the drug which expires in February of 2023, which will prevent any competitors from manufacturing and distributing the alternatives.  All of this basically means no one is for certain when a generic will be available, but if approved by the FDA, some experts foresee a generic coming as early as 2018, but a new generic may not hit the pharmacy shelves until 2022.

Eliquis side effects include allergic reactions, signs of bleeding, tarry stools, red/dark-brown uring, spitting up blood, red spots on the skin and/or unusual bleeding to name a few.  For a full list, along with the percentages reported, refer to this Drugs.com full list.


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