Health care practitioner administered drugs are typically used in a hospital, doctor's office, or clinic setting, and are given by a doctor or other health care practitioner. These drugs can't be filled in retail pharmacies, and often treat serious health conditions. 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, and they may be covered under your medical benefits, rather than through your prescription insurance.
Most retail pharmacies do not stock health care practitioner-administered medications, and most Americans do not pay the full price for these drugs. Usually an insurance company, manufacturer, or 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.
We’ve listed some additional resources at https://www.goodrx.com/faq-assistance.
For more information on medications that must be administered by a health care practitioner, see Health Care Practitioner Administered Drugs: What You Need to Know.