August 31, 2016



The annual cost of healthcare in the US is expected to be over four trillion dollars this year. The exorbitant and escalating price of prescription drugs is one of the biggest reasons. It’s especially troubling when you compare the US prices for these same drugs with the prices in Europe, Canada and the United Kingdom. Here is a list of some of the most overpriced prescription drugs in the US and how you can save on them!

10 of the most prescription expensive drugs 2016-2017


  1. Revlimid is used to treat anemia in patients with bone marrow disorder. The annual cost per user is $61,586 or about $5000 per month.
  2. Lantus is a drug used to treat high blood sugar in Type 1 diabetics. Annual spending per patient is $2192, or approximately $175 a month.
  3. Doctors prescribe Januvia to treat high blood sugar in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The annual cost per user is $2247, which comes out to about $165 per month.
  4. Lantus Solostar is used to treat high blood sugar in diabetic patients. The annual per patient cost comes out to $2073, or roughly $165 per month.
  5. Spiriva is prescribed to treat patients with lung disease such as emphysema and bronchitis. Annual spending per user in the US is $1781 or about $150 a month.
  6. Doctors often prescribe the drug Advair for patients with asthma and COPD. Annual per patient cost is $1602 or $130 a month.
  7. Abilify is a popular drug among psychiatrists for treating mood disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia and on occasion, acute depression. The annual spending per user is $6238, which is almost $520 a month.
  8. The popular drug Crestor is prescribed by doctors to control High cholesterol. The yearly cost per user is $1451 or $115 per month.
  9. Humira is prescribed by rheumatologists to treat arthritis. The annual cost for patients taking Humira is $48,000, or $4000 a month.
  10. Psychiatrists prescribe Eli Lilly’s Cymbalta for depression. The cost per patient is 2880 per year, or $240 a month.


Why Are Prescription Drugs So Expensive?

In fairness to the manufacturers of these drugs, it’s very expensive to develop a new drug and get it through clinical trials to market, often more than a billion dollars. But that doesn’t explain why the same drug is sold for one-half to one-third the price in other countries.


How Do You Save Money On Expensive Prescription Drugs?

So what if living a pain-free life depends on taking these extremely expensive prescription drugs? You will be happy to know you have options. One of these options is a prescription drug card. You can save up to 85% on most prescriptions at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide with the prescription drug card included in the CleanBill Savings Card. All you have to do is show the card at your pharmacy to save.

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Brian Keane
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Brian Keane

Director of Marketing at Disputebills.