Does Medicare Cover Rifampin?

Christian Worstell
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  • Rifampin is an important antibiotic for the treatment of tuberculosis. Find out whether Medicare covers rifampin and the potential costs of this drug.

Often prescribed along with other medications, rifampin is an antibiotic that helps treat tuberculosis (TB). Rifampin may also be prescribed to people who have meningitis bacteria in their bodies in an effort to prevent the spread of the infection to others. 

Medicare provides rifampin coverage as long as the drug is medically necessary to treat your condition. According to, 100% of Medicare drug plans provide some level of coverage for rifampin. Typically, rifampin will have a $0-$5 copay after the annual prescription drug deductible is met. Beneficiaries who receive Extra Help for prescription drugs may not have an out-of-pocket cost for rifampin at all. 

Basic Drug Information About Rifampin 

Rifampin comes in capsule form to be taken by mouth. It is recommended to take each dose with a full glass of water at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating food. This drug is most commonly prescribed to treat tuberculosis. If you're prescribed this drug to prevent the spread of meningitis, the course of treatment is short — typically 2 to 4 days. Always follow your doctor's instructions and do not take the drug more or less than prescribed. 

Like all drugs, rifampin may cause side effects. It's important to discuss any side effects you experience with your prescriber, as some may be serious. 

Is TB Treatment Covered by Medicare? 

Drugs to treat TB are covered under Medicare Part D when dispensed by a pharmacy. If antibiotics are given as part of TB treatment in a hospital setting, the drugs may be covered under Medicare Part A, also known as hospital insurance. Other services to treat TB, such as tests and physician's fees, are covered by Medicare based on where services are provided. Outside of a hospital setting, these services are usually covered under Medicare Part B outpatient insurance. 

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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