Many Factors Contribute to Surge in Naloxone Price, Experts Say

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The price of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone has surged in recent years, potentially reducing availability of a critical lifesaving treatment, experts tell CBS MoneyWatch. They say a number of factors have led to the price increase.

Among these are the increase in overdoses, which is boosting demand for naloxone; a lack of federal rules limiting price increases; not enough industry competition; and drug companies’ lack of transparency in setting the price for naloxone. The price of naloxone has increased more than 50 percent in recent years, according to a new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

“We don’t have any mechanisms to stop manufacturers from raising prices,” said Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research at AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.

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    jmjt

    September 13, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    “We don’t have any mechanisms to stop manufacturers from raising prices,”

    support president trump’s attempt to allow us to buy medications across state lines! that will drive the prices down or at least make them competetive…..
    they’ve robbed us of each other, it’s time to make the drug manufacturers pay a price for this gouging and $$ sceme

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