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How Much Is Trulicity®
Without Insurance?

If your doctor has prescribed you a Type 2 diabetes medication like Trulicity or dulaglutide, you would not be unreasonable to wonder how much it will cost. While many medicines on the market have generic versions that cost less, some newer medicines don’t, driving up the cost. Having health insurance will lower medical costs.

What is Trulicity®?

Dulaglutide is an injectable medication used to manage type 2 diabetes. Glucose levels may be better managed when dulaglutide is administered in addition to a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Patients with type 2 diabetes and heart or blood vessel issues might expect a reduced risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease when using this medication.

However, Type 1 diabetes is not a condition that should be treated with Trulicity. The key component in Trulicity is dulaglutide, which lowers blood sugar by causing the body to produce more insulin and using its existing stores of glucose more efficiently.


How Much Is Trulicity® Without Insurance?

Since there is no generic version of Trulicity, it costs a lot. The company that makes the drug, Eli Lilly, says that the list price is $886.56 per month or $10,638.72 per year. Most people can’t do this if they don’t have insurance.

According to SingleCare, Trulicity has an average cash price of $1,299 for a four-pack of 0.5 mL, 1.5 mg/0.5 mL pen injectors. Subcutaneous administration is the only method of administration for Trulicity. Weekly dosages range from 0.75 mg to 4.5 mg. Therefore, the cost of a weekly dosage for those without insurance is around $325. A whole year of Trulicity treatment might cost more than $16,000 at that price.

To assist individuals in reducing their healthcare expenditures, a doctor may prescribe alternatives to Trulicity. Drugs like Trulicity, which act as agonists for the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor, are one such group (GLP-1 agonists). None of the GLP-1 agonists are generic, and the ones are quite expensive. There is a large price disparity between these medications due of the broad range in dose frequency (twice daily to once weekly).

Without medical coverage or government subsidies, none of the GLP-1 agonists would come close to fitting into most people’s budgets. Patients without health insurance may want to see their prescriber before switching to generic antidiabetic drugs. Metformin, meglitinides, sulfonylureas, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, thiazolidinediones, and bile acid sequestrants are some of the more affordable medications. These alternatives to Trulicity have a different mechanism of action and may not be appropriate for people in all medical situations. If you need to decrease your blood sugar and are on prescription medicine, you should not try to do it with over-the-counter drugs, supplements, or herbal therapies.

Will My Insurance Cover Trulicity®?

Not all insurance plans cover Trulicity. It is covered in whole or part by many types of private health insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. Copays and costs that the patient pays vary as well. The best way to determine if your insurance will cover Trulicity is to contact your insurance company and ask a customer service representative.

Costs and copays for Trulicity for people with insurance depend on the details of their plans, but they can be very different:


Employer-provided insurance or insurance from a private company: Most people who take Trulicity pay between $0 and $30 per month. People with the same type of plan may spend $239 per month on average. For plans with a high deductible, these costs may be higher. People with insurance who meet certain requirements may be able to get a manufacturer savings card that can cut the cost to around $25 per month. However, there are limits to how much you can save, and the cost may be more.


Medicare Part D: Costs can change throughout the year based on the phase of Medicare Part D coverage. About 70% of Medicare Part D patients will spend between $0 and $100 per month. The average amount that the other 30% of patients will have to pay out of pocket is $207. The manufacturer has a program called "Extra Help" that helps patients who meet certain requirements. This can cut the monthly cost of each prescription to $4–$9 per month.


Medicaid: Most people who get help from Medicaid will pay between $4 and $9 per month on average. Some states make Medicaid copayments lower or get rid of them altogether.

The price of Trulicity® without insurance

People who don’t have insurance or insurance that doesn’t cover Trulicity will have to pay a lot more. In these situations, the cost of Trulicity is usually the starting list price of $886.56 per month plus extra pharmacy costs, which can vary depending on where you live.

The main things that can change how muc Trulicity® costs each month are:



How each state handles
Medicaid copays



Even if a patient has insurance, they may still have to pay more for their Trulicity prescriptions if they don't qualify for manufacturer help.


How to get
Trulicity for less

If your doctor has given you a prescription for Trulicity, there are some ways to save money on it.


Savings Card

There are different online savings cards, but many people with or without insurance can use them. Most Trulicity coupons do not have eligibility requirements based on whether you have insurance or how much money you make, which is different from the savings programs from the manufacturer. Savings cards are accepted at thousands of pharmacies and can save you up to $500 per month on Trulicity prescriptions and refills. Talk to a pharmacist if you don't know how to use a savings card.


Drug Assistance Programs

With Eli Lilly's patient assistance programs, people with specific qualifications can save money. The help program also needs healthcare providers to be involved with signing up for savings, which may make it hard for many patients to use.

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90-Day Supply

Some pharmacies save you more if you fill a prescription for a longer time, like 90 days instead of 30. The price difference will depend on where you live and which pharmacy you go to, but it could save you $100 or more per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Trulicity® cost at pharmacies?

Trulicity may cost anywhere from over $500 to over $750 at Walmart pharmacies, with prices varying by state and city. Monthly costs for Trulicity may be reduced with the use of discount cards, which might be accepted at Walmart and other pharmacies. Many patients buy their Trulicity online from Canada to save themselves a fortune. 

Can I get Trulicity® at a discount, or is there anything similar that costs less?

Trulicity is not available in generic form. Trulicity is not cheap, however certain patients may be eligible for manufacturer aid, and there are online discount cards that might help with the cost. They also take advantage of Canadian pharmacies to help with the cost. 

Which drug, Trulicity® or Ozempic®, has the lower price?

Neither Trulicity nor Ozempic have any equivalents in the generic medication market. The two medications have similar effects in treating type 2 diabetes since they are both GLP-1 receptor agonists. Due to the lack of a generic alternative, the cost of both drugs is high, with Ozempic often costing more. Many patients take advantage of Ozempic coupons to help with the cost. 

How much does Trulicity® cost?

According to Eli Lilly and Co., the maker of Trulicity, the medicine may cost up to $30 per month for those without access to government or employer-sponsored health insurance. Insurance brings the remaining 8% total down to an average of $239 each month. Trulicity expenses with insurance might be lower, but they will be greater if your deductible has not been reached. The manufacturer also offers a Trulicity Savings Card to those who qualify for it via their insurance (eligibility requirements apply).

Seventy percent of those with Medicare Part D insurance will pay up to $100 monthly for Trulicity. Twenty-seven dollars is what the remaining 30% of renters fork up every single month. Again, the Medicare-approved price for Trulicity will vary by plan and coverage tier. Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes may be eligible for the additional discount on diabetic drugs like Trulicity under the program known as Extra Help.

Most Medicaid patients pay between $9 and $12 per month for Trulicity. Still, the cost of your copayment may change depending on where you call home.

Patients covered by these plans may need to fulfil additional diagnostic criteria before their prescriptions are covered.

Patients who satisfy the manufacturer’s requirements may be eligible for drug assistance, which may cover the cost of their medication with little to no out-of-pocket expense.