Society is awash in drugs. And, most of them are legal. But, based on cost, you’d never know it. Here are the most expensive prescription drugs in the world. They’re so high in price, most patients feel like they’re being hustled by dealers. They might be right…
Daraprim doesn’t technically belong on the list since it’s a cheap drug which treats parasites. But, the company which bought the rights to it last year raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750 overnight. Medic!
Myozyme is a treatment for Pompe, a rare and sometimes fatal disease that attacks the heart and skeletal muscles. Its annual cost is between $100,000 and $300,000 a year,
Acthar is prescribed to treat infantile spasms or seizures. It costs over $200,000 a year.
Folotyn is a therapy for a rare form of cancer called T-cell lymphoma, but prescribed only in the end stages. So, at over $320,000 a year, it usually doesn’t cost that much.
Cinryze treats a condition called angioedema or swelling of the throat. It can cost up to $350,000 a year.
Naglazyme is used to treat Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, a condition that affects connective tissues. It costs more than $365,000 annually.
Elaprase is used to treat Hunter Syndrome, a rare disease that suppresses brain function and physical development. It costs about $400,000 a year.
Soliris treats paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and fights infections, anemia and blood clots. It costs about $440,000 a year.
Glybera is the champion, costing $1.2 million a year. It treats an extremely rare disease called familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency, which only one in 100 million people all over the world suffer from. So, at least most of us have that going for us. Which is good…