From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Lovaza® is an expensive cardiovascular medication that can cost over $7 a capsule at some pharmacies.  GlaxoSmithKline, the drug's manufacturer, occasionally offers Lovaza® coupons and offers through its official GSK for You website. In addition, GlaxoSmithKline offers several patient assistance programs that help cover Lovaza®, providing eligible patients with free or discounted medicine.
Lovaza® is a prescription medication that along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet helps lower high triglycerides in the blood. Originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004, Lovaza® is a highly refined and concentrated version of the active ingredient derived from fish oil, Omega-3 fatty acids.
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|Brand name for||Omega-3-acid ethyl esters|
|Phone number||GSK Response Center: 1-888-825-5249|
|Uses||Treats high triglycerides|
|Types of coupons||Manufacturer's coupon, patient assistance programs|
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Lovaza® is made from fish, and contains omega-3-acid ethyl esters, which are classified as "antilipemic," or lipid-regulating agents. Omega-3-acid-ethyl esters work by reducing the amounts of triglycerides in a person's liver. High levels of triglycerides can lead to heart disease, coronary artery disease, and possibly stroke. Those who have preexisting heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, or those who have had heart surgery, are at an increased risk of these conditions.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in natural sources in addition to pills, and come from oils in certain kinds of fish, vegetables, and other plant foods. Flaxseed and krill are excellent sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are not manufactured by the body and must be consumed in the diet. There is some controversy about the cost of prescription Lovaza® relative to over-the-counter forms of fish oil.
Lovaza Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
- Lovaza® offers an instant-access printable coupon and offer through the official GSK for You website.
- GlaxoSmithKline also offers several programs that provide free Lovaza® to eligible patients. These are designed to help patients who have difficulty paying for their medication and are either uninsured or receive Medicare Part D. The programs include Bridges to Access (for the uninsured only), which can be reached by calling 866-728-4368, and GSK Access (for Medicare patients), which consumers can reach at 866-518-4357. In order to be eligible, patients typically need to be residents of the U.S. and meet certain income requirements. For example:
- Bridges to Access requires patients have a monthly income in the 48 states and Washington DC at or below $2,327 for individuals, $3,152.08 for a couple, $3,977.08 for a family of three, and $4,802.08 for a household of four. In Alaska, the monthly income must be at or below $2,910.42 for an individual, $3,941.67 for a couple, $4.972.92 for a house hold of three, and $6,004.17 for a family of four. Guidelines for Hawaii require patients make at or below $2,679.17 for a single person, $3,627.08 for a couple, $4,575.00 for a family of three, and $5,522.92 for a family of four.
- GSK Access requires patients living in Alaska to have a monthly income at or below $2,975 for an individual, $4,000 for a couple, $5,025 for a family of three, and $6,050 for a family of four. Patients in the 48 states and Washington DC must make at or below $2,391 for individuals, $3,208 for a couple, $4,025 for a family of three, and $4,842 for a household of four. Guidelines for Hawaii require patients make at or below $2,750 for a single person, $3,692 for a couple, $4,634 for a family of three, and $5,576 for a family of four.