Drugs administered by health care practitioners are typically used in a hospital, doctor's office or clinical setting. These drugs often treat serious health conditions and cannot be filled in retail pharmacies. They also typically require special handling, administration or monitoring and can be very expensive.
If you have insurance, you may need prior authorization to receive one of these drugs. The drugs may also be covered under your medical benefits, rather than through your prescription insurance.
Most retail pharmacies do not stock drugs administered by health care professionals, and most Americans do not pay the full price for these drugs. Usually an insurance company, manufacturer, government or non-profit program provides financial support.
For more information on reducing the cost of your specialty medications, we recommend:
- Visiting the manufacturer’s website, which typically lists patient assistance programs.
- Browsing additional resources on our Financial Assistance page.