Amitiza

Generic name

Lubiprostone

Covered by Medicare

Yes

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Average Annual Cost per Beneficiary

$1,311.28

Average cost per year*

Average Annual Cost per Dose

$6.31

-0.23%

Average cost per beneficiary*

Manufacturer(s)

  • Takeda Pharmace

What is Amitiza

This medication is used to treat certain types of constipation (chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation). Chronic idiopathic constipation has an unknown cause and is not due to diet, other diseases, or drugs. Lubiprostone is also used to treat constipation caused by opioid medications in people with ongoing pain due to medical conditions other than cancer. This medication may improve symptoms such as bloating and abdominal discomfort, improve stool texture, lessen the need to strain, and decrease the feeling of not completely relieving oneself. Lubiprostone belongs to a class of drugs known as chloride channel activators. It works by increasing the amount of fluid within your intestines, making the passage of stool easier. NOTE: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

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*Origin of the terms and chart data used within this page: https://data.cms.gov/

Common Questions About Amitiza

Yes, Amitiza is covered by Medicare.

In 2021, the average cost per dose of Amitiza was $6.31.

The average dose of Amitiza received per year is 40,808,545 units

68,150 Medicare beneficiaries received Amitiza in 2021, which was a -0.52% from 2020

There were 208,506 claims made by Medicare beneficiaries, which is a -0.68% from 2020

The average spending amount per claim in 2021 was $428.59

The average Medicare spending per beneficiary amount for Amitiza was $1,311.28

Takeda Pharmace received $89,363,649.54

The total amount spent on Amitiza by Medicare is $89,363,649.54

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