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How can I save money on Truvada?
If you were prescribed Truvada to treat your HIV and are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication. Our experts have identified some ways you can save money on your Truvada prescription.
What is Truvada?
Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) is prescribed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV and for the treatment of HIV. This combination drug does not cure HIV or AIDS but can prolong life. Truvada does not have a generic alternative in the United States. However, lawfully-manufactured generic versions are available in India and currently available at verified international online pharmacies.
Why is Truvada so expensive?
Thirty tablets of Truvada 200 mg/ 300 mg can cost around $1,997.35 at your local U.S. pharmacy. Without competition from a generic version, the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, charges the highest price in the U.S. that they believe people will pay. There are also other factors that may affect brand-name medication prices.
Read our Ask PharmacyChecker answer: Why are brand-name drugs so expensive?
How do I save on my Truvada prescription?
Order Truvada online through verified pharmacies
As noted before, the average retail price of Truvada 200mg/300mg sold at your local pharmacy, such as Walgreens or CVS, without insurance or coupons is currently $1,997.35 for thirty tablets. You can find Truvada for as much as 75% off by comparing prices among verified online pharmacies that list prices on PharmacyChecker.com. At this time, the lowest price for the same strength and amount of Truvada is $489.65.
PharmacyChecker.com lists prices among verified online pharmacies, so you can conveniently compare drug prices among verified international online pharmacies meeting our program standards.
Use Truvada discount coupons at your local U.S. pharmacy
If you prefer to shop at your local U.S. pharmacy for brand-name Truvada, you may be able to find discount coupons on our website. Just scroll to the bottom of the Truvada price comparison page and enter your ZIP Code to find the discounts available in your area. Follow the prompts to print the Truvada discount coupon to present at your local pharmacy. You can save around 15% using PharmacyChecker discount coupons.
Apply for Truvada patient assistance programs
PharmacyChecker.com also offers a search tool for patient assistance programs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer aid with the cost of medications through patient assistance programs in the U.S.
Consult your healthcare provider about Truvada
Ask your healthcare provider for an alternative prescription in the same class as Truvada that your insurance plan may cover or that may be less expensive, such as Tenofovir or Emtriva. All three belong to a class of HIV medications known as HIV NRTIs that are prescribed to stop HIV cells from multiplying.
Where is Truvada manufactured?
Truvada sold at local U.S. pharmacies is made in Canada and Germany for the pharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Updated March 13, 2020