Why Is Boniva So Expensive? Is It A Much Better Drug Than Fosamax Or Others?

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Asked by JoAnn

Why Is Boniva So Expensive? Is It A Much Better Drug Than Fosamax Or Others?

I have been told I need to get on an osteo drug and the dr prescribed Boniva - my pharmacy told me it would be $100 a pill. I have no drug insurance, so am trying to figure out what is so different or special about Boniva. Can anyone tell me? Thanks so much for any and all help - I've been online for days trying to decide what to do.

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Hi JoAnn, the reason that Boniva is more expensive is two-fold. First, it's a once monthly medication so that makes it more expensive, and because it doesn't come in generic like Fosamax does. Fosamax is a weekly medication so the price, even if you got brand name, should be less expensive. If you were to get generic Fosamax it would be even lower in price.

Good luck...

Answered by Pam Flores