Prescription Drug Coverage

Avita (Tretinoin) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Tretinoin (generic Avita). Learn more about Avita and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Tretinoin

Brand name: Avita, Retin-A, Atralin

Typical dosage: 20g of 0.025%

Typical type: Topical cream1

Avita® is a medication used to treat acne. Avita is available in its generic form (Tretinoin) and comes as a topical cream or gel

Avita is a medication typically used to treat acne, specifically acne vulgaris. Avita is used once daily in the area with acne present.

Avita is a form of Vitamin A that helps the skin regenerate new cells. The generic form of Avita is called Tretinoin.

Avita is typically well tolerated, but it can cause some side effects like a feeling of warmth, stinging, change in color of the skin and other skin reactions like dry, red, swollen or blistered skin.

How much does Tretinoin cost with Medicare?

Tretinoin coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Tretinoin?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Tretinoin, the generic form of Avita, in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Tretinoin include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Tretinoin. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

Use Avita on the skin only. Avoid getting it in your mouth, nose and eyes. Wash your hands before and after use.

Wash the affected skin and pat dry. After washing, wait 20-30 minutes before using. Put a thin layer on the skin and rub in gently.

You may sunburn more easily while taking Avita or Tretinoin. Be sure to use proper sun protection such as hats and sunscreen.

If you have a very bad skin reaction including swelling, peeling, blistering or burning, tell your doctor. Using other skin products including makeup and lotions can increase the irritation that Avita can cause.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Avita. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.