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The Top 15 Expensive Prescription Medications at Canada Pharmacy Online

written by Carissa Andrews - Apr 12, 2021
medically reviewed by Dr. Christine Bishara, MD - Jul 15, 2021

Photo Credit: by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels
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We all know medication prices get a bad rap from time to time. If you live in the United States, for example, prescription medication prices can be difficult to afford without insurance or importing from other countries (like Canada). However, did you know there are some life-saving medications that are still incredibly expensive here in Canada, as well?

This is a list of the top 15 most expensive prescription medications we have here at Canada Pharmacy Online. You’ll see fairly quickly that relative to how expensive they are, is the impact of the life-saving treatment they provide. Let’s have a look:

1. Galexos: 28 caps for $15,001.99 or 84 caps for $42,752.99

Also known as Simeprevir, this antiviral medication is manufactured by Janssen and used to treat chronic hepatitis c. There is currently no generic equivalent, driving up the price to these eye-popping levels.

2. Xospata: 90 tabs for $28,999.00

Also known as Gilteritinib, this acute myeloid leukemia medication is manufactured by Astellas Pharma. There is no generic equivalent for this medication at this time.

3. Technivie: 56 tabs for $23,997.99

This combination of antiviral medication includes ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir. It’s manufactured by Abbvie to keep hepatitis c from multiplying in the body.

4. Mavyret: 84 tabs for $22,502.99

Another combination medication, this one contains glecaprevir and pibrentasvir. Manufactured by Abbvie, Mavyret is an antiviral medication used to treat chronic hepatitis c. It is also known as Maviret in Canada.

5. Viekira Pak: 28 tabs for $19,001.99

Manufactured by Abbvie, this is yet another combination antiviral medication used to treat chronic hepatitis c. It contains ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir in one tablet, then dasabuvir as a second tablet. Also sold under the brand name Holkira Pak in Canada.

6. Rydapt: 56 tabs for $15,902.99

An anticancer medication, Rydapt (also known as midostaurin) is manufactured by Novartis and often used with other anticancer medications to treat acute myeloid leukemia. It also is prescribed to treat systemic mastoocytosis and other cancers of the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic tissue.

7. Daklinza: 28 tabs for $13,952.99

Another medication from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daklinza (or daclatasvir) is an antiviral medication to treat hepatitis c and prevent the disease from spreading. It treats specific genotypes of hepatitis c and can sometimes be prescribed to treat HIV or AIDS.

8. Tagrisso: 30 tabs for $12,512.99 (40 mg)

A product of AstraZeneca, Tagrisso is a cancer medication used to treat non-small-cell lung cancer. The active ingredient in this medication is osimertinib, and is used when the tumor present has a specific genetic marker and all other treatments have failed.

9. Alecensa: 240 tabs for $12,502.99

Also known as alectinib, this cancer medication treats non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It’s manufactured by Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceuticals. It is also known as Alecensaro in Canada.

10. Rozlytrek: 90 tabs for $11,999.99

This medication also goes by the name entrectinib. Another product of Hoffman La Roche, this anticancer medication is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has metastasized to other parts of the body.

11. Zavesca: 90 tabs for $11,887.99

Also known as miglustat, this medication reduces the formation of a protein in the body associated with people who have Gaucher's disease. Zavesca (brand) is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, but a generic is also available for a slightly reduced cost of $8999.99 for 90 100mg capsules.

12. Lorbrena: 30 tabs for $11,667.99 (100 mg)

Manufactured by Pfizer, this medication (also known as lorlatinib), is prescribed to treat certain types of non-small cell lung cancer that has metastasized in the body. It treats patients whose cancer has the specific abnormal ALK gene.

13. Cabometyx: 30 tabs for $11,362.99 (20, 40, 60 mg dosage at same price)

This anticancer mediation is used to treat advanced kidney cancer that has spread across the body. Its active ingredient is cabozantinib, but there’s currently no generic medication at this time. The brand name medication of Cabometyx is manufactured by Ipsen Biopharm.

14. Sprycel: 60 tabs for $11,182.99 (100 mg)

Also known as dasatinib, this cancer medication is used in adults and children to treat a blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). It can also be used to treat Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in both adults and children. Sprycel does have a generic equivalent, however, the prices for 60 tablets at 100mg is $10,099.99.

15. Lynparza: 120 tabs for $10,317.99 (150 mg)

This medication is used to treat ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer or peritoneal cancer in women who have a certain inherited gene. It’s manufactured by AstraZeneca and also goes by the name olaparib.

When looking at these prescription medications, it’s pretty clear that having hepatitis c and cancer can weigh heavy on the pocketbook, in terms of prescription drug costs. Considering the cost of researching and clinical trials of life saving is often high, also taking into account that the number of people who may need them may be far lower than other drugs, it’s almost understandable why prices are as high as they are. It’s also interesting to see the same manufacturers show up over and over on this list. However, in a sense, maybe not that surprising, considering many pharmaceutical companies have specialties in terms of what they produce. What about you? Were you surprised by any of these medications or costs?

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