Byetta® prices can differ somewhat in accord with several factors. When an adult has type 2 diabetes and can no longer control his or her blood sugar levels with oral or other diabetes medications, a physician may suggest Byetta®, a relatively new prescription drug - exenatide - that can be self-administered with disposable pen-needles.
More Expensive than Oral Diabetes Drugs
However, Byetta® prices may be prohibitive for a patient. Oral diabetes medicines for controlling blood sugar (such as the following) may be more affordable:
- alpha-glucosidase inhibitors
- biguanides - e.g., Glucophage (metformin)
- DPP-4 Inhibitors - e.g., Januvia
- combination pills
A pharmacist or healthcare provider in the patient's community can provide more information about the prices of all treatment medications for type 2 diabetes.
Byetta® Drug Prices
Byetta® (exenatide) prices vary by:
- the source of the Byetta® - e.g., online, local pharmacy, through the manufacturer
- the amount purchased - Byetta® pens are available as a one-month supply, and the necessary needles must be purchased separately
- whether the purchaser has insurance coverage that will cover the cost
The exenatide in each Byetta® pen is injected subcutaneously (under the skin) in the, abdomen, thigh or upper arm, within 60 minutes before the morning meal and again within 60 minutes before the evening meal.
Health Insurance Helps
Thus, if a person with diabetes obtains Byetta® online, he or she will probably buy several months' supply at one time. The average cost of a month's supply of Byetta® online (60 shots - twice daily injections) is $200 to $220. Insurance plans may require just a $50 to $100 co-payment by the patient. The needles, purchased separately, will add to the cost. Shipping for the Byetta® is another cost.
In addition Byetta® is usually one part of a combination treatment for type 2 diabetes. The other medications (e.g., chlorpropamide, glipizide, metformin, glyburide) will add to the total cost.
Byetta® is not the most affordable type 2 diabetes treatment, but an individual whose diabetes is not controlled by other, less-expensive medications may not have much choice.
The Cost of Byetta® Side Effects
There are other, less obvious potential costs of Byetta®. Many Byetta® users have suffered significant adverse medical events, and some have died from complications of Byetta® use such as acute pancreatitis. For more information, talk to a Byetta® attorney to get the full story on Byetta® - both its advantages and disadvantages.
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