Does Medicare Cover Somavert?

Christian Worstell
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  • Medicare plans offer coverage for Somavert, but prior authorization and co-pays are usually required. Learn more about this medication and related costs.

Somavert is an expensive medication, and it can be difficult to obtain. However, it's one of the few treatments for acromegaly. Keep reading to learn more about this medication and how Medicare coverage for Somavert works.

What Is Somavert? 

Somavert is a prescription growth hormone receptor antagonist used to treat acromegaly, a condition that causes your body to produce too much growth hormone. Acromegaly can cause abnormal growth of bones, organs and other tissue. This condition occurs in adults, often around middle age, and the abnormal growth can lead to cosmetic concerns and serious health problems. 

People who take Somavert inject a small amount of the medication under their skin each day. The medication typically comes in a powder form and must be mixed into a liquid before injection. Doctors may prescribe Somavert if other treatment methods, such as surgery or radiation therapy, don't work. 

Somavert Side Effects

Some Somavert side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Body Aches
  • Injection Site Irritation
  • Diarrhea

Does Medicare Cover Somavert? 

Somavert is covered by 100% of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. However, the drug can still be expensive due to deductibles and co-pays.

Most plans require prior authorization before covering Somavert injections. Your doctor must submit a prior authorization request, and the insurer must approve the prescription before a beneficiary has any coverage. 

How Much Does Somavert Cost With Medicare? 

Although Medicare plans cover Somavert, it's considered a tier 5 drug, the most expensive medication category. Most plans require beneficiaries to pay between $400 and $600 for the medication until they meet their deductible. 

Medicare beneficiaries may enter catastrophic coverage after they've paid a certain amount of out-of-pocket expenses in a year. For 2024 that amount is $8,000. This coverage is sometimes called post-donut hole coverage. Beneficiaries who have met these limits can expect lower co-pays between $7 and $28. 

Are There Other Ways to Get Somavert? 

Although Medicare co-pays for this medication may seem high, the regular retail price for a 30-day supply of Somavert is around $7,550. Retail pharmacies don't typically stock this drug, so people who need it must order from a specialty pharmacy. Unfortunately, there aren't cheaper or generic versions of this medication. However, Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, offers a discount program to those who qualify.

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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