Zetia (ezetimibe) is prescribed to treat high cholesterol in patients. It works differently than statins normally prescribed for this purpose. Zetia works in the digestive tract, inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from foods. Cholesterol builds up on the walls of arteries causing blockages; this in turn impedes blood flow and leads to a variety of serious consequences. High cholesterol is linked to greater instances of heart disease, stroke, and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
The FDA only recently approved a generic for Zetia (called ezetimibe tablet) in late 2016; the generic may still not yet be widely available to consumers. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if this version of Zetia is available and right for you.
A prescription of Zetia can cost upwards of $200 for a 30 day supply for uninsured patients. Even patients with copays will find the costs of this prescription adding up, as cholesterol-inhibiting drugs are often taken over a long term basis.
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Merck, the makers of Zetia, offer a patient assistance program to help pay for the costs of this prescription to those who qualify. Called Merck Helps, the program is primarily aimed at uninsured patients. It can provide a great deal of financial assistance and, in some cases, free medicines altogether.
Patients can apply online, or call 1-800-727-5400 for more information. Phone lines are open 8am to 8pm, Monday through Friday, Eastern time.
Patient Assistance Programs for Zetia
Merck also offers support for reimbursement, as well as hotline that patients can call for more information. 1-800-850-3430
These lines are open 9am to 6pm, M–F, Eastern Time. Patients are also invited to leave a confidential message after hours if necessary.
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. Patients can check out the SSA’s Extra Help Program online to see if they qualify.