10 Most Expensive Prescription Drugs in the United States
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest industries in the world. In recent years, it has shown immense development not only in a sense of its growth but also in the sense of its profitability. As far as the United States is concerned, it accounts for the one-third profit earned by the pharmaceutical industry on the global level as its consumption is very high. As per a survey, it has been that every 7 Americans out of 10 takes prescription drugs. However, most of them are taking medications for nervousness, depression or pain killers that are much more affordable. But there are some of them who are not lucky as others and have to take medications prescribed for rare diseases that might sum up to six figures. Here we are presenting the list of 10 most expensive prescription drugs in the United States.
This prescription drug holds the 10 position in the list. The government spends around $1,671,622,657 on this medicine. This is basically used for the treatment of Anemia I those patients who suffer from particular blood/ bone marrow disorders. Its generic name is Lenalidomide. The number of patients who have benefited from this medicine is around 27,143. On an annual level, a single patient spends around $3896.
Holding the 9th position in the list, this medicine has government spending of worth $1,725,595.629. This prescription drug is used for the purpose of treating high blood sugar level in those people who are suffering from diabetes. As in the United States every year the number of diabetic patients increases manifolds, because of which this medicine has gained popularity, even though of its high cost. Its generic name is Insulin Glargine, Hum.Rec.Analog . It has benefitted around 787,204 people which is quite a large number. Patient’s annual share in spending is around $379.
It is used for the treatment of treating high blood sugar level in people suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Its generic name is Sitagliptin Phosphate. With a larger number of patients who have benefitted from this medicine as compared to its predecessor, the actual number of beneficiaries are 789, 934. It has government spending worth of $1,775,295,533 and on an annual basis; the share of the patient is $351. It is prohibited to use by patients of below 18 years of age.
- Lantus Solostar
Holding the seventh position Lantus Solostar is basically used in the form of a pen by the diabetic patients. It is used for treating high blood sugar level. It helps the human body to consume and use sugar in a properly manner. This ultimately leads to the lowering of the level of glucose in the blood, which is very important in the treatment of diabetes. It has a large number of patients getting benefitted and i.e., 973,018. Its generic name is Insulin Glargine, Hum.Rec.Analog. Out of the total spending patient’s annual share is $369.
This prescription drug is used for the treatment of Lung diseases which includes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) bronchitis and emphysema. It has generic name Tiotropium Bromide. The number of patients who have benefitted from this disease is around 1,212,078. In actual it is a bronchodilator that provides relaxation to the muscles of the lung in airways and increased the flow of air towards the lungs. On an annual level, a patient spends around $317. It is used to inhibit bronchospasm which is narrowing of airways in the lungs.
- Advair Diskus
With the government spending worth of $2,276,374,749, this medication holds the fifth position in this list. Its generic name is fluticasone and salmeterol. Advair contains both fluticasone and salmeterol. It is basically used as prevention against asthma attacks. Other than that it can also prevent worse conditions of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which is allied with chronic bronchitis. It has a large fan following with 1,420,748 benefitted patients. Important information is that it should never be used for the treatment of asthma attack that has already begun.
With the generic name Aripiprazole, this medicine has benefited around 405,161 patients. On this particular drug, the government has sped around $2,527,319,032. On annual level spending per user is about $6,238, out of which patient’s annual share is $552. In reality, it is an antipsychotic medication. It functions by impacting various actions of chemicals present in the brain. It is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic medical conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder which is also known as manic depression. It can also be used for the treatment of children of 6 years of age or older who are suffering from Tourette’s disorder or autistic disorder.
It is mainly used for the treatment of high cholesterol. Its generic name is Rosuvastatin Calcium and it has aided around 1,752,704 patients. It is used to lower the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood which ultimately delays the process of building up of plaque in blood vessels. However, this medication is not used by pregnant ladies as it can harm an unborn baby or can cause birth defects in him. On an annual level, the patient’s share of spending is around $309. It is also used for decreasing the risk of heart stroke, attack or any complications related to the heart.
This prescription drug is used for the treatment of acid reflux and ulcers. It is basically a proton pump that reduces the amount of acids produced in the stomach. It can be used to prevent gastric ulcer which can be caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or by the consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The number of patients that have benefitted from this medicine ranges around 1,405,799. This medicine has government spending worth of $2,660,421,777. Its generic name is Esomeprazole Magnesium.
Lastly the top most expensive prescription drug in the United States is Sovaldi. Its generic name is Sofosbuvir and has benefited around 33,033 patients. With a whopping amount of government spending of $3,106,960,981 this medication is basically used for the treatment of Hepatitis C, which is a liver disease. This is an antiviral medicine that prevents the multiplication of hepatitis C virus in your body.