Since being FDA approved in 2012, Eliquis has become an excellent option for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Eliquis was approved based on the results of the 2011 ARISTOTLE Trial. During this trial, over 18,000 patients were studied. Eliquis was compared to Warfarin over a mean period of 1.8 years. During this study Eliquis was shown to be superior to Warfarin in reducing risk of stroke. Patients taking Eliquis also showed significantly less risk for major bleeding compared to Warfarin.
Over the last 6 years Eliquis has continued to demonstrate its effectiveness at reducing risk of stroke while maintain a lower risk for significant bleeding. Because of its continued success, Eliquis is now advertised as the #1 prescribed blood thinner by Cardiologists.
I manage many patients on Eliquis, but it is not a great fit for everyone. The major reason for this is due to cost. Like many newer medications, patients taking Eliquis may end up with significant out of pocket expenses.
Here are THREE proven ways to save money on your Eliquis prescription:
Eliquis $10 Co-Pay Card.
For patients with commercial insurance, Eliquis offers a $10 co-pay card per 30-day supply, which is good for 24 months. This is subject to a maximum annual benefit of $3800. The Co-pay card must be activated prior to its use by either calling 1-855-Eliquis or at www.eliquis.com.
Free 30-Day Trial Card.
This can be applied to any type of insurance including Medicare. This card can also be applied for patients with no insurance. The card needs to be activated prior to its use by either calling 1-855-Eliquis or at www.eliquis.com. This offer is limited to a one-time use per lifetime and cannot be used on prescriptions for longer then 30 days. This can be a good option for those who have a gap in medication coverage, such as someone who enters the temporary doughnut hole in Medicare plans.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation.
You may qualify for additional assistance on medications if you meet some additional criteria: A) If you have a yearly income that is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. These amounts are currently $36,420 for a single person, or $49,380 for a family of 2 (as of November 2018). Larger family sizes are adjusted accordingly. B) You may also qualify for assistance if you have a Medicare Part D plan and you can demonstrate that you have spent over 3% of your annual household income on out of pocket expenses for prescription medications. This program can be a good option for retirees on Medicare Part D plans.
As always, ask your doctor if Eliquis is right for you. Do not make changes to your treatment plan based on this educational information. All data shared is accurate as of November 2018. Please visit the individual websites directly for up to date information.
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