Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Center

Font Size

Paying for Biologics to Treat Crohn's: Where to Find Help

A biologic drug can ease your Crohn's symptoms and help you stay disease-free for a long time. And it can cost you a lot of money.

If your doctor suggests a biologic drug to treat your Crohn's disease, don't rule it out because of the price. You may be able to get help to pay for it.

Recommended Related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Crohn's Disease: Diet and Nutrition

Diet does not cause Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare.  Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods.

Read the Crohn's Disease: Diet and Nutrition article > >

Biologics are hard to make, and that drives up the price. One year of treatment can add up to about $20,000. Even if you have health insurance, you may have to pay 25% to 35% of the cost of the drug.

Programs That Help Pay for Biologics

Many drug companies and private groups offer programs that provide drugs at low or no cost. These resources may help you or refer you to a group that can:

The Chronic Disease Fund can help cover the cost of your drug copayments if your health insurance pays very little of the cost.

NeedyMeds can fill you in on more than 2,400 drug aid programs. You can find out which help pay for each type of biologic used to treat Crohn's disease. NeedyMeds also provides a list of state-sponsored programs and discount drug cards.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance has the facts on more than 475 public and private programs that offer lower-cost or free drugs, including more than 180 drug company programs.

The Patient Access Network Foundation can help you pay for out-of-pocket costs, including drug copays, if your insurance payments are too low.

Rx Assist has a file of patient aid programs, as well as a list of drug discount cards.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America can provide other sources.

"Generic" Biologics?

In general, when your doctor prescribes a drug or you buy one without a prescription, choosing a generic version can save you money. This is because when a drugmaker's patent expires, another company can produce a generic version of the drug without paying the early costs to research and create it. These drugs have the same active ingredients, but they cost less.

The company that creates a biologic has the sole right to make it for 12 years. After that, other companies can make versions very much like it. But with biologics, this is more complex.

Today on WebMD

woman with pains in abdomen
Get personalized tips.
woman in restaurant
Tips for staying active.
woman clutching at stomach
Causes, symptoms, treatments, and more.
butter curls
What to eat and avoid.
Living With Crohns Slideshow
Ulcerative Colitis Surgery Slideshow
crohns disease healthcheck
Ulcerative Colitis Health Check
Crohns Symptoms
Ulcerative Colitis Diet
Crohns Prebiotic
Supplements UC