01 Mar Psoriasis Meds Costing You a Fortune? 6 Treatments for $0 Copay
Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Psoriasis is a skin condition marked by red, scaly, itchy patches and typically affects the elbows, knees, or scalp, although it can appear on any part of the body. Psoriasis most often develops between the ages of 15 and 35 but can occur at any age1. It is not contagious and can be managed with medications prescribed by your dermatologist.
As is the case with many prescription medications, the copays for psoriasis treatments can be very costly. In fact, about half of people surveyed by the National Psoriasis Foundation say they had trouble getting the treatment they wanted, and about 20 percent aren’t happy with their treatments2. ZCP wants all commercially insured patients to be able to receive the meds they need without a struggle, for $0 copay. We work with dermatologists to ensure you get your medication and we guarantee delivery within 24 hours.
The following is a list of six popular (and normally costly) psoriasis treatments covered by ZCP*. If your dermatologist recommends any of these, ask about using ZCP (download flyer). It’s easy – no sign up required!
- VANOS® – Fluocinonide 0.1% Cream (bioequivalent to Vanos Cream) is a strong corticosteroid that reduces swelling, itching, and redness and can heal the rough, scaly patches caused by psoriasis. The cost of generic Vanos® topical cream 0.1% is approximately $500for 30 grams.
- TACLONEX® – Calcipotriene/Betamethasone ointment (bioequivalent to Taclonex®) is a combination of a form of vitamin D (calcipotriene) and a topical corticosteroid (betamethasone) used to treat psoriasis vulgaris. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation and decreases the rate of skin cell reproduction. The cost for generic Taclonex® topical ointment (0.064%-0.005%) is around $1,000for 60 grams.
- DOVONEX® – Calcipotriene ointment (bioequivalent to Dovonex®) is a medication that contains synthetic vitamin D3, meaning that it is made in a laboratory and is different than the type of vitamin D available in food and nutritional supplements. Dovonex® is applied directly to the skin, nails, or scalp, usually in the form of a cream or scalp solution. The cost for the generic topical cream 0.005% is about $1100 for a supply of 120 grams.
- PROTOPIC® – Tacrolimus ointment (bioequivalent to Protopic®) is a macrolide immunosuppressant. It works by decreasing cell activity in the body’s immune system which helps to slow down the growth of atopic dermatitis (eczema) on your skin. Dermatologists also prescribe it for treating psoriasis on the face or other sensitive areas. The cost for generic Protopic® topical ointment 0.03% is approximately $500 for 60 grams.
- TEMOVATE® – Clobetasol propionate (bioequivalent to Temovate®) is another topical steroid used to treat inflammation and itching caused by psoriasis and other skin conditions. The cost for generic Temovate® topical cream 0.05% is around $450for a supply of 60 grams.
- CLOBEX® – Clobetasol solution (bioequivalent to Clobex®) is a corticosteroid used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that affects up to 20% of the body’s skin surface. The cost for generic Clobex® topical solution 0.05% is about $200for a supply of 50ml.
*Disclaimer: ZCP is not affiliated with, nor does it sponsor, any manufacturers associated with the above referenced medications.