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Drug cost distribution by drug type in public drug plans Canada 2020/2021

Distribution of drug costs by drug type in select public Canadian drug plans in 2020/2021

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fiscal year 2020/2021

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This analysis only includes data for beneficiaries that met their deductible and received public reimbursement. Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs are used in the treatment of hepatitis C. High-cost drugs have an average annual treatment cost of greater than $10,000 and include both biologics and non-biologics.
Included are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon.
* The patented medicines market segment includes all medicines that had patent protect at some time during in the period of study, even if the patent expired during that period. As such, the rate of growth does not reflect the loss of patent exclusivity for some top-selling medicines over the course of the fiscal year.
** This market segment includes devices, compounded drugs, and other products that are reimbursed by public drug plans but do not have a Health Canada assigned Drug Identification Number (DIN).

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