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I’ve received two emails from people who read my last blog post about Zubsolv, a new buprenorphine alternative that started appearing in U.S. pharmacies on September 16.  These people specifically asked if I knew about the price.  Would Zubsolv be cheaper than Suboxone?

I did some digging and it appears that – at least initially – Zubsolv may be slightly less expensive than Suboxone.  Earlier this year an investor brief by Zubsolv manufacturer Orexo stated, “We will be compelled to launch Zubsolv at a lower price than the [Suboxone] film.”  So, is it cheaper?  

I have seen some pricing reports recently, and a few people have reported Zubsolv prices of between $200-$230 for 30 of the 5.7mg Zubsolv tablets, and $115-$130 for 30 of the 1.4mg tablets.  This is in the ballpark for Suboxone pricing, and is perhaps slightly cheaper. (Keep in mind, buprenorphine pricing varies from region to region and from pharmacy to pharmacy.)  Orexo has also more recently said that “Zubsolv will be launched with list-pricing comparable to Suboxone film, but with an enhanced patient assistance through co-pay support initiatives.”  The patient assistance program they’re referring to includes a co-pay coupon that knocks up to $75 off the price.  I’ve also heard (but not verified) that Orexo will let you use the co-pay coupon twice per month.  So if you want to try Zubsolv, and if your doctor is agreeable to doing so, you might ask for a two-week prescription with a refill.  This would provide you with a hefty $150 monthly savings, and could pay for all or almost all of the medication.

As Zubsolv is new to the market, I haven’t seen many patient reports on it yet.  But when I do, I will certainly summarize my findings here.  Oh, and in case you haven’t seen the tablet yet, below is a graphic that shows what Zubsolv looks like compared to Suboxone tablets and film.

12/29/2013 16:01:22

Hi Sebastian, I'm not sure when you wrote this but I have been taking zubsolv for almost 6 months. I have been one of the few involved in the phase 3 study program. I am willing to answer any questions you may have. You may contact me through email. Thanks

12/30/2014 10:18:55

My husband and I are both currently talking Zubsolv but we do not have any health insurance! Please if anyone knows of any coupon cards or perscription programs out there PLEASE HELP! Thank you!

12/30/2014 15:03:41

Hi. You can email me direct and hopefully I can help you.

Robert Dimaio
12/3/2015 01:51:05

I know that there's a program for Suboxone called Here To Help and they will pay for your prescription for 1 year up to 90 pills/strips a month. You just need to ask your Doctor and they give u the paperwork to fill out.

9/15/2015 17:10:47

You are so sweet to people, just wanted to say thank you.

1/3/2014 12:17:26

Hi Marissa,

Thanks for chiming in. And thanks for the offer of more info! I'm definitely trying to learn more about ZubSolv and will likely contact you before O write another post on it.


4/26/2014 07:18:09

didn't think zubsolv was working as well as suboxone until out of everything! i have severe abdominal pain. i did NOT want to stay on pain meds i'd been on for too long.
fast forward- i can not find anyone in my area to fill zubsolv for me. it is really causing problems. but the pain has multiplied.
any ideas? pharmacies (14-16) telling me they can get neither med. is that possible?

6/28/2015 14:39:42

Theu did not have tbem here in Ohio either but Walmart just ordered them for me and.I picked up the Zubsolv the next day.

Kelly Brannen
8/22/2014 07:32:56

Where do you live hun?

8/24/2014 10:40:10

I'm in NE Florida.

8/28/2014 01:02:45

Rite Aid can order the zubsolv that is the only one i can find or you can order it through the mail and save money

1/20/2015 07:59:27

I have been taking subzolv for about 6 months and I dont find it to work as well as the suboxone tablets. Anyone else finding this?

9/8/2015 11:01:36

I used to take Suboxone and it worked very well for me. Then with the new insurance plans my insurance co. decided that they would no longer pay for the Suboxone and I was forced to take Zubsolv. It does not work as well. I tried to get back on the Suboxone but there is no way I can afford to pay for it on my budget, without the assistance of the insurance. I do not believe it is fair that the insurance co. can dictate what my doctor has prescribed and she too, tried to get me back to the Suboxone to no avail. Anyone else having this problem or is the Zubsolv working for you as well as the Suboxone? Thanks to all who take a minute to reflect on this.

5/22/2015 07:35:49

Hello, I have never heard of this medication and was just hoping to get some feedback from people that have actually used it. This comes to my other problem. I live in East Idaho and we have VERY few pain management doctors here and the ones that we do have are filled with patients so finding one that accepts new patients is almost impossible.Also I do not have prescription drug coverage so I am also concerned about the price. I don't really know what to I've pretty much tried everything and have pretty much run out of options. Any information or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

9/16/2015 00:13:29

Brian, please ck out this website, it should help with your payments, also call around to different pharmacies for their cost on your medication. Goodluck ...

9/3/2015 20:18:12

I've been on suboxone for nearly 3 years and I'm basically relapse proof. Suboxone is amazing! However, my insurance just informed me that they no longer are covering suboxone. I've done some research and I was praying someone could tell me the differences between suboxone, Zubsolv, and Bunavail?

12/29/2015 01:49:28

Hi everyone, I am on zubsolve the 5.7 and 1. Something. Zubsolve has a higher bioavailability to the 5.7 is equivalent to what you get from the 8 mg in suboxone. I've had success and if you go to the website for zubsolv they have a manufacturer coupon that made my cash pay 87 for 15 of them. I am out of pocket. With insurance it would be obviously cheaper. Suboxone was more expensive for me. Also with Ubsolv there is a coupon you can use twice in your lifetime to receive 15 of them for free you're doctor should be able to give it to you or you can check online. Hope this helps.also zubsolv disolves so quickly and no bad orange taste it is minty.


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