Why is Vaniqa so expensive?
Vaniqa is not a cheap drug, selling for $2,760 per tube. In the United Kingdom and Australia where Vaniqa is available to purchase, packages with six or twelve tubes cost about $4,000. For comparison’s sake, that is about five times the price of Botox or 1 injection of Juvederm XC.
Many people wonder why Vaniqa is so expensive on a basic level because it’s nothing more than an antibiotic cream with no unique benefits over other antibiotics. But there are two main reasons for its high cost: (1) global patent agreements and (2) monopolies on branded drugs.
For a drug to reach your local pharmacy, it has to go through several steps. First, the medication is discovered by a chemist; then research begins into lab formulations and animal trials to determine the necessary dosage, side effects, and effectiveness. After this comes clinical trials with human patients who volunteer to test the drug’s safety ― but all these stages are paid for by pharmaceutical companies. At this point, the cost of Vaniqa has already skyrocketed from just $15 in 1994 to $2,000 per tube today.
If the treatment shows promise in human trials, then it may be approved for marketing by the FDA and other drug regulators around the world. At this point, patents may prevent the drug from being sold in some countries, and in others, it will still be too expensive for patients. Some drugs are only allowed to be sold in certain countries due to patent agreements with pharmaceutical companies ― this is most common with expensive branded drugs. The only way these additional markets can afford the medication is by charging higher prices than other markets.
Although Vaniqa is a generic medication that costs less than $30 per tube, it still may not be affordable for patients who don’t have insurance through their employer’s health care plan or a government health program such as Medicaid or Medicare. This is the reason that Vaniqa is only available by prescription in the United States and why some insurance plans have a high co-pay for dermatology products.
Drug companies may charge too much for medications not because they are greedy, but because they have to recoup their research and development expenses. This is also why generic drug prices are so low.
While Vaniqa’s high price tag may frustrate some consumers, other dermatology products are even more expensive ― or even illegal to purchase outside of the US. For example, Absorica, a once new prescription drug for acne treatment costs $716 per tube without insurance. It is also available in Europe and Australia where the drug is not a prescription-only medication.
Although Vaniqa is more expensive than many other dermatology products, it may be worth the cost because it offers significant benefits over other medications. Vaniqa provides better drug tolerability, effectiveness, and patient satisfaction ― with the obvious exception of the large expense involved.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does Vaniqa take to work?
A week. That is the approximate time it takes for the acne medication, Vaniqa, to show results. When you first begin treatment with a topical prescription for acne, it will likely take several weeks before you begin seeing significant improvements in your skin’s appearance and well-being. The majority of people will report noticeable improvement 3-4 weeks after starting Vaniqa treatment.