The most expensive drugs ever used in mainland medicine
A list of the most expensive and most commonly prescribed drugs in mainland China, from mainland hospitals to hospitals in Hong Kong and the mainland.
The top three drugs in each category were taken by nearly two-thirds of mainland residents, with the top two drugs costing $7,000 and $4,000 respectively.
According to the report, which was published by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), patients in mainland hospitals have to pay $2,600 to get the top-selling drug.
The report said there was also an additional $100 to be spent on the second-most-expensive drugs.
“There is no other option, so we are taking the risk,” a hospital in the city of Changsha, capital of Sichuan province, told the report.
The drugs are taken by an estimated half a million mainland patients each year, with more than 80% of those patients using drugs prescribed in hospitals.
While it is unclear what impact the drugs have on the patients, the report said the top three top-priced drugs accounted for $7.2 billion in profits last year, more than the combined profit of the three top drugs on the mainland combined.
According the report released on Thursday, mainland hospitals are also the only ones where patients pay for a large percentage of their drugs, with only 17% of mainland patients paying for the top drugs.
The most expensive drug, a combination of acetaminophen and lidocaine, cost $1,300, and the second most expensive, the drug used to treat malaria, cost just $250.