Cost Information

Cost Information

Figuring out what you might pay out-of-pocket for a vaccination can be confusing. What you pay will depend on many factors, including your insurance situation and if there are financial support options available to you. At Merck, we believe that you should be better able to understand what you can expect to pay out of your own pocket for your shot.

The list price for each indicated dose of GARDASIL 9 is $238.50.* Most people will not pay the list price, although it may have an impact on your out-of-pocket costs.** The amount you pay will depend on many factors, including your insurance situation. The information below will help you better estimate what you may pay for your vaccination based on your insurance situation. For the actual out-of-pocket cost of your vaccine, talk to your insurance provider, who knows the details of your plan if you have insurance, or contact your health care provider’s office for help.

GARDASIL 9 is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. GARDASIL 9 may be given as 2 or 3 shots.

  • For persons 9 through 14 years of age, GARDASIL 9 can be given using a 2-dose or 3-dose schedule. For the 2-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 6–12 months after the first shot. If the second shot is given less than 5 months after the first shot, a third shot should be given at least 4 months after the second shot. For the 3-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.
  • For persons 15 through 45 years of age, GARDASIL 9 is given using a 3-dose schedule; the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.

The out-of-pocket costs below do not include costs associated with administration of GARDASIL 9.

Choose an option below that best describes your insurance situation:

Vaccination In Doctor’s office

I have commercial insurance through an employer or private policy that covers GARDASIL 9.

For patients with commercial insurance, 98.5% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9. For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $1.40 and $291 for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹

¹IQVIA GARDASIL 9 OOP Costs, October 2020. Based on an analysis of July 2019 to July 2020 commercial, Medicare, anIQVIAd Medicaid claims. Commissioned by Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. IQVIA’s analysis is based on remittance data that provide claim payment information after medical claims have been processed by the patient’s medical insurer and assigned to primary payer channel. The data are limited to remittance transactions on medical claims collected by IQVIA and may not constitute a nationally representative sample. Please note that a patient’s cost may differ from the amounts depicted above.

Vaccination In Pharmacy

I have commercial insurance through an employer or private policy that covers GARDASIL 9.

For patients with commercial insurance, 87% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9. For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $10 and $240 for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹

¹IQVIA™: OPC Provider for the period September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020 reflecting real-world claims activity for administration from retail pharmacies for which data are available in the IQVIA™: OPC Provider database. Reported ranges are based on actual final patient out-of-pocket costs (for commercially insured patients) for patients vaccinated with GARDASIL 9. Reported ranges include both paid and reversed claims for vaccinations for which data are available. All out-of-pocket cost values are based on a single shot of GARDASIL 9. Data accessed as of November 2020. All rights reserved.

Vaccination In Doctor’s office

I have coverage for GARDASIL 9 through Medicare.

For patients with Medicare coverage, 99.9% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9. For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $0.70 and $271 for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹

¹IQVIA GARDASIL 9 OOP Costs, October 2020. Based on an analysis of July 2019 to July 2020 commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid claims. Commissioned by Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. IQVIA’s analysis is based on remittance data that provide claim payment information after medical claims have been processed by the patient’s medical insurer and assigned to primary payer channel. The data are limited to remittance transactions on medical claims collected by IQVIA and may not constitute a nationally representative sample. Please note that a patient’s cost may differ from the amounts depicted above.

Vaccination In Pharmacy

I have coverage for GARDASIL 9 through Medicare.

For patients with Medicare Part D coverage, 81.2% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9. For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $10 and $130 for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹

  • What you pay for GARDASIL 9 will largely depend on your insurance plan. Each Medicare prescription drug benefit plan has a different out-of-pocket cost for the medicines it covers and could include an annual deductible. If you haven’t met your deductible, you may pay a higher out-of-pocket cost and could pay an amount closer to the list price above until you meet your deductible. If you need assistance to understand your Medicare prescription drug coverage and out-of-pocket costs, contact your Medicare Plan Sponsor. If you need access to Medicare Part D coverage, visit https://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d

¹IQVIA™: OPC Provider for the period September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020 reflecting real-world claims activity for administration from retail pharmacies for which data are available in the IQVIA™: OPC Provider database. Reported ranges are based on actual final patient out-of-pocket costs for patients vaccinated with GARDASIL 9. Reported ranges include both paid and reversed claims for vaccinations for which data are available. All out-of-pocket cost values are based on a single shot of GARDASIL 9. For Medicare, low income subsidy patients are included in out-of-pocket cost calculations. Data accessed as of November 2020. All rights reserved. Please note that a patient’s cost may differ from the amounts depicted above.

Vaccination In Doctor’s office

I have coverage for GARDASIL 9 through Medicaid.

For patients with Medicaid, 99.5% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹ For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $0.60 and $326. To learn more about Medicaid in your state and find out if you’re eligible, visit http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-and-you/index.html

¹IQVIA GARDASIL 9 OOP Costs, October 2020. Based on an analysis of July 2019 to July 2020 commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid claims. Commissioned by Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. IQVIA’s analysis is based on remittance data that provide claim payment information after medical claims have been processed by the patient’s medical insurer and assigned to primary payer channel. The data are limited to remittance transactions on medical claims collected by IQVIA and may not constitute a nationally representative sample. Please note that a patient’s cost may differ from the amounts depicted above.

Vaccination In Pharmacy

I have coverage for GARDASIL 9 through Medicaid.

For patients with Medicaid, 99.9% of patients paid no out-of-pocket costs for a shot of GARDASIL 9. For those patients who did have out-of-pocket costs, 80% of patients paid between $10 and $70 for a shot of GARDASIL 9.¹ Your out-of-pocket costs may vary if you have a higher income. To learn more about Medicaid in your state and find out if you’re eligible, visit www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-and-you/index.html

1IQVIA™: OPC Provider for the period September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020 reflecting real-world claims activity for administration from retail pharmacies for which data are available in the IQVIA™: OPC Provider database. Reported ranges are based on actual final patient out-of-pocket costs for patients vaccinated with GARDASIL 9. Reported ranges include both paid and reversed claims for vaccinations for which data are available. All out-of-pocket cost values are based on a single shot of GARDASIL 9. Data accessed as of November 2020. All rights reserved. Please note that a patient’s cost may differ from the amounts depicted above.

I don’t have insurance, or GARDASIL 9 is not covered by my insurance.

If you don’t have insurance coverage or if your insurance does not cover vaccination with GARDASIL 9, you could pay an amount closer to the list price shown above, plus any additional charges depending on where you receive your vaccination.

*The list price is current as of November 2020. The list price does not include vaccine administration fees.

** The out-of-pocket costs include the price patients paid for GARDASIL 9.

Need more information about whether your insurance provider covers GARDASIL 9?

If you need further information about whether your insurance provider covers GARDASIL 9 and your potential out-of-pocket costs, Merck may be able to help. Contact The Merck Access Program at 855-210-1965. The Merck Access Program may be able to help answer questions like:

Does my insurance cover GARDASIL 9?

What are my insurance benefits?

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Important Safety Information

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL 9 was not studied in women who knew they were pregnant.

The side effects include pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, and a lump where you got the shot, headache, fever, nausea, and dizziness. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL 9. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care professional may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after you get GARDASIL 9. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff.

Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL 9 is right for you.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the Patient Information for GARDASIL 9, and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.