“The “gold standard antidote” for heroin overdoses is rapidly rising in price, as well as popularity.
Naloxone, often sold under the name Narcan, which reverse the effects of opioid overdose have as much as quadrupled in price in the last two years, Phil Williams of Edward Elmhurst Healthcare told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.
As new laws to fight heroin abuse take effect in Illinois and elsewhere, the price could continue to go up. Manufacturers appear to be taking advantage of the focus on what experts say is a heroin-abuse epidemic, said Williams, administrative director of pharmacy services.
“It’s an opportunity for them to say, ‘We’ve got a captured market and we can increase the cost and drive our profit margins,'” he said.”
Source: WCVB.com – September 20, 2015