Buprenorphine

Generic name

Buprenorphine

Covered by Medicare

Yes

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Average Annual Cost per Beneficiary

$1,548.83

Average cost per year*

Average Annual Cost per Dose

$81.42

-2.52%

Average cost per beneficiary*

Manufacturer(s)

  • Teva USA
  • Rhodes Pharmace
  • Apotex Corp
  • Amneal Pharmace

What is Buprenorphine

This medication is used to help relieve severe ongoing pain (such as due to arthritis, chronic back pain). Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. The higher strengths of this drug (7.5, 10, 15, or 20 micrograms per hour patches) should be used only if you have been regularly taking moderate amounts of opioid pain medication. These strengths may cause overdose (even death) if used by a person who has not been regularly taking opioids. Do not use this medication to relieve pain that is mild or that will go away in a few days. This medication is not for occasional ("as needed") use. 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 Buprenorphine

Yes, Buprenorphine is covered by Medicare.

In 2021, the average cost per dose of Buprenorphine was $81.42.

The average dose of Buprenorphine received per year is 626,909 units

55,667 Medicare beneficiaries received Buprenorphine in 2021, which was a 0.28% from 2020

There were 264,582 claims made by Medicare beneficiaries, which is a 0.26% from 2020

The average spending amount per claim in 2021 was $325.87

The average Medicare spending per beneficiary amount for Buprenorphine was $1,548.83

The most expensive manufacturer of Buprenorphine is Teva USA

Rhodes Pharmace is the least expensive manufacturer with an Average Spending Per Dosage Unit of $76.85

Rhodes Pharmace received $44,663,607.21

The total amount spent on Buprenorphine by Medicare is $86,218,933.61

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