Published On: Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

NY AG Eric Schneiderman Wants Cheap Heroin Antidote

Schneiderman condemned the price hike, especially since overdoses from opiates are increasing.

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New York Attorney General might get his way and secure a cheaper heroin antidote.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals was hit with complaints from police for raising its price on naloxone, which can reverse the effects of heroine withdrawal quickly and save lives. The price was at $20 per dosage, but was increased to $35 to $40, according to the New York Times.

Schneiderman condemned the price hike, especially since overdoses from opiates are increasing, and the naloxone kits can keep an addict from dying. The treatment contains no side effects, even if it is erroneously administered to someone who overdoses on cocaine rather than heroine. Schneiderman provided police departments with $5 million for the emergency antidote kits, which administer the medication through syringe or nasal spray.

After calling the price hikes unacceptable, Schneiderman secured a deal for a $6 rebate per dose. Schneiderman told the New York Times, “This deal ensures we can continue to give New Yorkers who have overdosed on opioids a second chance at life, a rehabilitation.”

In terms of legal “drugs, ” Schneiderman has recently called for the removal of fake herbal remedies from the shelves after an investigation found that an average of only 21% contained the active ingredient written on the label.

 

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