Cysteamine Hydrochloride
Specialty Drug


Cystaran is part of the Cystine Depleting Agents class and treats Lysosomal Storage Disease. Cystine depleting agents treat various types of cystinosis, a lysosomal storage disease. They help prevent the buildup of cystine, which can form crystals that damage cells, particularly in the kidneys and eyes. Cystaran is only available as a brand name drug. Compare cystine depleting agents.

Cysteamine Hydrochloride Medicare Coverage


Does Medicare cover Cystaran?

100% of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans cover this drug.

How much is my Cystaran co-pay with Medicare?

It depends. Which coverage stage are you in? Click on a tab below…

Donut Hole
Post-Donut Hole
Co-Pay Range
$1496 – $1624
In the Deductible co-pay stage, you are responsible for the full cost of your prescriptions. Your Medicare deductible cannot exceed $360 in 2016.
Co-Pay Range
$95 – $1601
In the Typical co-pay stage, your deductible has been satisfied, and Medicare pays the majority of your drug costs.
Co-Pay Range
$521 – $735
In the Donut Hole (also called the Coverage Gap) stage, you’ll pay more for your prescriptions. In 2016, the Donut Hole begins once you’ve spent $3,310 in one year.
Co-Pay Range
$75 – $82
In the Post-Donut Hole (also called Catastrophic Coverage) stage, Medicare will cover most of your drug costs. In 2016, this stage begins once you have spent $4,850.
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Ways to Save on Cysteamine Hydrochloride

Here are some ways that may lower the cost of your Cystaran prescription.

Patient Assistance Program
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Find Your Cysteamine Hydrochloride Medicare Co-Pay

Here are average co-pays for some of the most popular Medicare plans. Be sure to add your plan to see your specific co-pay. If a price is shown in red, GoodRx has found discount prices that are lower than your Medicare co-pay.

Average Co-Pay for 2 eye droppers (15ml) of Cystaran 0.44%

Medicare Plan Name Average Co-Pay
AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP) $627
AARP MedicareRx Saver Plus (PDP) $395
AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) $392
Aetna Medicare Rx Saver (PDP) $394
Anthem Blue Cross MedicareRx Plus (PDP) $508
Anthem MediBlue Essential (HMO) $477
CareMore Value Plus (HMO) $866
Cigna-HealthSpring Preferred (HMO) $442
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP) $480
Express Scripts Medicare - Choice (PDP) $400
Express Scripts Medicare - Value (PDP) $385
First Health Part D Value Plus (PDP) $520
Humana Enhanced (PDP) $499
Humana Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) $378
Humana Walmart Rx Plan (PDP) $378
Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus Std w/Part D (AB) (Cost) $95
MedicareBlue Rx Standard (PDP) $406
SilverScript Plus (PDP) $537
Symphonix Value Rx (PDP) $395
TexanPlus Classic (HMO) $1332
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Cysteamine Hydrochloride Medicare Formulary Information & Restrictions

Are there any restrictions on coverage?

Some Medicare plans have restrictions on coverage of Cystaran that may include:

Prior Authorization

Most Medicare plans will require you to obtain their authorization before they will provide coverage for this prescription. You’ll need to contact your plan and they may require you to have your doctor fill out paperwork indicating why you need this prescription. If you do not receive authorization or don’t want to go through this process, you may want to consider using a GoodRx discount instead of Medicare to find the best price for this prescription.

What drug tier is Cystaran typically on?

Tier 5

Medicare plans typically list Cystaran in Tier 5 of their formulary. Tier 5 drugs are usually non-preferred brand-name drugs. Tier 5 drugs cost more than Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 drugs.

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Medicare prices are provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They are accurate as-of January 2017 and the information may be updated. If you encounter any issues, please let us know.
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