Public drug program spending in Canada by top 10 drug classes 2018

This statistic displays the total public drug program expenditures in Canada in the top 10 drug classes in 2018. During this year, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) which are often used for treating high cholesterol accounted for over 318 million Canadian dollars in public drug expenditures.

Top 10 drug classes by total public drug program spending in Canada in 2018 (in million Canadian dollars)*

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Release date

December 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Currently, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut do not submit data to NPDUIS.
** Spending on antivirals for treatment of hepatitis C infections in Prince Edward Island is not included in NPDUIS.
*** Spending on ranibizumab and aflibercept (which accounted for 99.9% of spending on antineovascularization agents) in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia, and the majority of this spending in Alberta, is funded through special programs and is not included in NPDUIS.
**** The majority of spending on PKIs in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia is not funded through public drug programs and is not included in NPDUIS.

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