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Following are the list of most expensive drugs consumed in the year 2012.

1. Soliris

It is used to treat paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, a rare blood disease that leads to premature death and impaired production of blood cells. The disorder affects red blood cells (erythrocytes), which carry oxygen; white blood cells (leukocytes), which protect the body from infection; and platelets (thrombocytes), which are involved in blood clotting. It costs around $409,500 a year.

2. Elaprase

This drug is used to treat Hunter syndrome is an inherited disease in which long chains of sugar molecules mucopolysaccharides are not broken down correctly and build up in the body and causes severe mental retardation, Deafness. It costs around $375,000 each year.

3. Naglazyme

This drug is made from the human enzyme that is used to treat Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, a rare genetic metabolic condition that typically presents itself in childhood through growth retardation in intellectually normal toddlers, and can cause tissue damage and mental retardation. It costs around $365,000 in a year.

4. Cinryze

This is used to treat patients with hereditary angioedema suffering from severe swelling, often in the face and airways, caused by low levels or improper function of the C1 inhibitor protein. This condition is hereditary, and there’s usually a family history, but often, deaths from hereditary angioedema go undiagnosed and reported as a sudden and premature death of a family member. It costs around $350 million each year.

5. Folotyn

Patients with T-cell lymphoma typically turn to Folotyn when their cancer has not improved with treatment, or comes back. This drug works by killing cancer cells, and has a short course of treatment. Typically, patients will take the drug for about six weeks, but even in that short amount of time, but the drug costs about $30,000per month.

6. Aldurazyme

Aldurazyme is used to treat a genetic enzyme condition, a far too common and expensive issue on this list. With Aldurazyme, breathing and walking ability can be improved, but it does cost a pretty penny: $200,000per year.

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