Otezla (apremilast) is prescribed to treat conditions of active psoriatic arthritis in adults. Psoriatic arthritis is a complicated illness whereby a person with psoriasis (immune-related skin disease) develops all of the symptoms of arthritis joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Otezla works by inhibiting the inflammation effect generated by the body which exacerbates arthritis flare ups.
There is no generic available for Otezla at this time. Otezla is an extremely expensive medication; uninsured patients can expect to pay nearly $1000, if not more, for a 30-day supply. Patients with insurance will still have co-pays along with any additional medications they may be prescribed. Co-pays quickly add up over time, especially considering psoriatic arthritis is an incurable condition.
Printing off the Otezla discount card to use at the pharmacy is the first way patients can begin to save money on this prescription. While there, patients can also take advantage of the comparison shopping tools: simply type in your zip code to see a list of specific pharmacy pricing in your area.
Manufacturer Coupons for Otezla
Celgene, the maker of Otezla, offers further assistance paying for this medication with their $0 Co-pay Offer. Qualifying patients may find their co-pays reduced to $0 (restrictions apply). Consumers are encouraged to go online to fill out a small questionnaire. Patients may also contact Celgene directly about this offer. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm, Eastern Time. 1-844-468-3952
Patient Assistance Programs for Otezla
Celgene may offer further assistance for low-income patients who need access to Otezla medications. Consumers are directed to go online for more information, or they may call Celgene directly for information on additional programs. 1-800-931-8691
Manufacturer discount programs are unavailable to Medicare and Medicaid recipients; however, those on government health programs may still qualify for additional governmental assistance on the costs of their prescriptions. The program provides for up to $4,000 worth of assistance over 12 months. Patients can check out the SSA’s Extra Help Program online to see if they qualify.