Medicare Part B can cover injectable medications administered by a health care provider, such as Orthovisc if you meet certain conditions. Learn more and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover Orthovisc and other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Hyaluronate
Typical dosage: 15mg/ml
Typical type: Injection1
Orthovisc® is a medication typically used to treat pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee. It is a brand name only medication and is available as an injection into the joint (intra-articular).
Orthovisc is a prescription medication that contains the active ingredient hyaluronate. Orthovisc is injected once weekly intra-articularly (into the joint) for a total of 3 or 4 doses.
Orthovisc works as a lubricant and shock absorber in the joints to help the joints work properly.
The major side effects of Orthovisc include injection irritation, mild pain, stiffness or warmth in or by the knee, back pain and muscle pain.
How much does Orthovisc cost with Medicare?
If Medicare Part B covers Orthovisc treatments for you because you meet the qualifying conditions, you’ll typically pay 0% to 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the Orthovisc prescription price, after you meet your Part B deductible.
In 2024, the Medicare Part B deductible is $240 per year. Once you pay this amount, you’ll pay the remaining copay costs Medicare Part B doesn’t cover.
You don’t need a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to get Orthovisc coverage.1
If you have either type of private drug plan, you’re enrolled in Medicare Part B, and you qualify for Medicare coverage of Orthovisc, your Part B benefits will cover Orthovisc.
Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover other prescription drugs that aren’t administered in a doctor’s office or by a medical professional.
Part D plans or Medicare Advantage plans that cover drugs 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 2024 Medicare Advantage plans include 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 prescription drugs. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.
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Avoid activity for 48 hours after receiving an Orthovisc injection (or as long as you have been advised by a doctor). Do not stand on your feet for more than 1 hour at a time during the first 48 hours after getting this drug.
You should call your doctor if you experience severe knee pain, knee swelling or irritation where the drug is used.
You may not be able to get Orthovisc if you have a current or recent knee joint infection or infection at the site of injection.
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. Orthovisc. Retrieved November 2023, from www.goodrx.com/Orthovisc/medicare-coverage.
A formulary for Medicare is the list of drugs a given Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan will cover. A Medicare plan formulary details information such as how drugs are covered, their relative costs, limitations and/or restrictions. Read more