What does relative cost for over 2200 drugs mean?

The relative cost of a drug is the price used to determine cost of therapy.


The true cost of a specific therapy involves a number of elements including the manufacturer’s list price, the mark-up and the dispensing fee, the length of drug therapy and costs related to drug administration.


The relative drug costs presented in this app were developed to illustrate comparative costs of therapy for a given condition, and based on the acquisition cost in Ottawa at the time of the content development. Drug costs do not include any mark-up or dispensing fees.


For most conditions, calculations were made with the cost of the lowest priced product at the usual dosage for a given period. The treatment period selected for most chronic conditions is 30 days; however, when necessary the treatment period is adjusted to reflect a more relevant treatment period.

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