Total R&D costs including costs of capital for select cancer drugs 2017

This statistic shows the total cost of research and development (R&D) including a 7 percent per annum cost of capital for select cancer drugs that were on the market as of 2017. Alexion Pharmaceuticals' drug Eculizumab had a total R&D cost, including capital, of around 1.09 billion U.S. dollars as of 2017. Total R&D costs without the 7 percent of annual cost of capital stood at some 818 million dollars.

Total R&D costs including 7 percent annual cost of capital for select cancer drugs on the market as of 2017

Drug name (company, R&D start date)Cost in million U.S. dollars
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Release date

November 2017


United States

Survey time period

as of November 2017

Supplementary notes

This statistic includes only pharmaceutical companies with a single oncologic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Values are inflation adjusted for 2017 U.S. dollars.
* Alexion later had two drug approvals in the last quarter of 2015; these drugs are not included in this statistic.
** Compound acquired by the company on this date.

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