How Much Does Saxenda Cost? With and Without Insurance

By Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN
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August 29, 2022

Saxenda is a brand-name medication used for weight management along with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise. It is meant for use by people who have obesity or are overweight and works by helping manage blood sugar, insulin level, and digestion.

According to the manufacturer, Saxenda has a list price of $1,349.02 for a 30-day supply. However, the cost of Saxenda varies for each patient depending on insurance plans, assistance programs, and more. In this article, we’ll cover how much Sadenda costs, details about health insurance coverage, and other factors that affect the cost. Lastly, learn how to get a discount on Saxenda.

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How Much Does Saxenda Cost?

How much you pay for Saxenda can vary. To find out how much Saxenda will cost you, talk with your licensed medical provider, pharmacist, or insurance provider. Remember that you’ll also need to purchase needles to use with the Saxenda prefilled pens. 

It’s important to note that you may need prior authorization from your insurance company before they cover Saxenda. This means your medical provider needs to discuss your treatment plan with your insurance company. If you start treatment without prior approval from your insurance company, you may be responsible for paying the full cost of the medication. To find out if your insurance company needs prior authorization, speak with a representative from your insurance company.

Does Insurance Cover Saxenda?

Some insurance plans cover Saxenda. There are several options for how to find out what your coverage is, including the following:

  • Call your insurance company and speak with a representative
  • Call NovoCare and 1-888-809-3942 and speak with a representative who can explain your benefits
  • Complete the NovoCare online form for a cost estimation

Factors that Affect the Cost of Saxenda

As with other medications, how much you pay for Saxenda varies depending on several factors.

The factors affecting the price include:

  • Your insurance coverage
  • Your treatment plan
  • The pharmacy you use
  • Whether you qualify for a savings program
  • Your co-pay and/or deductible
  • Out-of-pocket maximum

How to Get Saxenda at a Discount

Several resources exist to help you save on your prescription. 

Saxenda savings card

The manufacturer of Saxenda offers a savings card for people with private or commercial insurance, insurance through your employer. For people with coverage, they may pay as little as $25 per 30-day supply of Saxenda subject to a maximum savings of $200 per 30-day supply. For people paying with cash, you can save up to $200 per 30-day supply of Saxenda. See the manufacturer website for more information about eligibility and restrictions. 

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Drug assistance programs

Paying for some medications can be a challenge. Some websites are available to give details about drug assistance programs. They help match people with resources and cost-sharing programs that may help decrease your out-of-pocket costs. These programs are available to people with insurance coverage and those without. 

For more details, visit the following websites:

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will Saxenda cost me?
How much you pay for Saxenda can vary. Several factors determine the cost, such as your treatment plan, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. Call your medical provider, insurance provider, or pharmacist for more information about the cost of Saxenda.
What is a 30-day supply of Saxenda?
The list price of Saxenda is $1,349.02. If you have insurance coverage, they may help cover part of the cost. There is also a savings card offered through NovoCare.
How do you get Saxenda at an affordable price?
Talk with your medical provider, pharmacists, or insurance provider about getting the lowest cost for this medication.
How can I get Saxenda for free?
Call your insurance provider to find out if they cover your Saxenda prescription.
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Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN

Craig Sorkin, DNP, APN is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years experience. He received his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from William Paterson University and his doctoral degree from Drexel University. He has spent his career working in the Emergency Room and Primary Care. The last 6 years of his career have been dedicated to the field of digital medicine. He has created departments geared towards this specialized practice as well as written blogs and a book about the topic.

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