Medicines are one of the most important elements of medical treatment, if not the most important. But medicines are often expensive, and as the years go by, the prices go up. However, most laboratories tend to focus on the substances they generate can be sold for an affordable price, so that patients can acquire them without major problem, although it is true that there are certain medications that can cost an eye of the expensive and that can only be purchased through special insurance that covers expenses, which may even be made at fixed terms over several years.
The first on our list is Zolgensma, a medicine that earned the label of being the most expensive in the world today.
The U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light to Zolgensma, the world’s most expensive medicine. And it is not for less, since its final price was set at 2 million 125 thousand dollars. It is a gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and due to its exorbitant price, the pharmaceutical company allows its payment in annual installments distributed over five years. The substance belongs to the Novartis laboratory, which had anticipated that the price of the medicins could range between 1.5 and 5 million dollars, leaving the aforementioned cost at the end. Zolgensma is a treatment that is used in a single dose for SMA, a type of disorder that occurs in one in every 11,000 newborns, causing infant mortality and genetic in nature.
Ravicti from the Horizon Pharma laboratory is a medicine used to prevent the formation of a concentrated mixture of ammonia in the blood in people suffering from a urea cycle disorder. Ammonia is toxic and can damage tissues, as well as cause permanent brain damage, coma, or death. The Ravicti is administered orally, as it is a liquid and its price is 793 thousand dollars for a year of treatment for a patient.
This medicine is used to treat a fairly rare condition of genetic origin that attacks the nervous system of patients. It generally attacks children, who have to use a wheelchair throughout their lives, which does not usually last long, since most of these patients die before reaching the age of 13. This medicine is one of the medicines whose annual treatment cost is close to a million dollars. According to reports from the Fortune site, the price of the medicine is $ 700,000 per year.
The most costly diseases are those suffered by patients who cannot produce an enzyme necessary for the basic functions of the body. Carbaglu is another medicine used to prevent the formation of ammonia in the blood, due to the inability of the liver to produce an enzyme. The price of this medicine can range from $ 419,000 to $ 790,000 per year per patient.
Lumizyme is produced by the Genzyme laboratory and is indicated to treat a disease called Pompe. This disease attacks the muscles, the heart, the liver and the nervous system, due to the excess production of an enzyme. Lumizyme helps to dispose of the excesses of this substance that is usually used to generate energy. Annual treatment costs between $ 524,000 and $ 626,000 per year.