Natural Desiccated Thyroid: Costs and Savings
How much are you paying – and should you pay – for your natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) medication?
The cost of NDT depends on the dosage size, but using a dosage of 60/65 mg (1 grain), you can expect to pay a copay of $10-$50 if it’s covered by insurance, or from around $11 up to as much as $100 retail cash price for a 30-day/one-month supply.
When NDT drugs are on backorder and there are shortages, or there are FDA recalls, the prices of NDT tend to rise.
Here are some key pointers on how to get the best price:
Armour® Thyroid is the most expensive NDT drug. (There is no apparent reason why other than name recognition.)
Acella’s NP Thyroid® is designated as a generic equivalent to Armour® Thyroid, is significantly less expensive, and is considered equally safe and effective as Armour®.
RLC’s Nature-Throid® is the best value when it’s available, with the lowest prices available from multiple sources.
Prices for compounded NDT vary significantly, depending on the pharmacy. You can pay anywhere from around $40 a month to as much as $100 a month for compounded NDT.
Be careful about pharmacies that tell you they don’t have your prescribed NDT drug available and attempt to substitute another brand. Some pharmacies receive financial incentives for promoting specific brands.
Always check both GoodRx and SingleCare for discount prices because they have different coupons and savings, and they can change frequently.
To get the best price, I suggest you compare prices with several recommended resources/pharmacy services:
HoneybeeHealth is a mail order pharmacy – and the only one offering you the option of identifying fillers, dyes and other excipients in your medications, and specifying which generic to take. They have free shipping, and accept no insurance, but have generally the lowest prices. www.HoneybeeHealth.com
Armour Thyroid (Prices as of October 2021)
Average Retail Price: $39
The prices are taken from GoodRx, which creates an average of retail prices from retailers, including pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) and other pharmacies (Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Costco, etc.)
GoodRx Lowest Price: $32
GoodRx Order/Info: https://www.goodrx.com/armour-thyroid
SingleCare Lowest Coupon Price: $32
SingleCare Order/Info: https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/armour-thyroid
HoneybeeHealth Price: $39
Honeybee Order/Info: https://honeybeehealth.com/drugs/armour-thyroid
NP Thyroid / Generic Natural Desiccated Thyroid (Prices as of October 2021)
Average Retail Price: $31
These prices are taken from GoodRx, which creates an average of retail prices from retailers, including pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) and other pharmacies (Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Costco, etc.)
GoodRx Lowest Price: $11
GoodRx Order/Info: https://www.goodrx.com/np-thyroid
SingleCare Lowest Coupon Price: $32
SingleCare Order/Info: https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/np-thyroid
HoneybeeHealth Price: $36
Honeybee Order/Info: https://honeybeehealth.com/drugs/np-thyroid
The price of a one-month supply of NDT can vary widely depending on the compounding pharmacy you use. Prices typically range from around $30 up to $100. It’s recommended that you reach out to several reputable compounding pharmacies to compare prices.
I also recommend that you get pricing from Foothills Pharmacy. This Arizona-based compounding pharmacy provides mail order service across most states in the U.S. and typically has excellent pricing. You can learn more about Foothills at https://www.foothillspharmacy.com.
Nature-Throid (when available)
GoodRx Order/Info: https://www.goodrx.com/nature-throid
SingleCare Order/Info: https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/nature-throid