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Baltimore Officials Urge Trump To Lower Naloxone Price Through Law Last Considered During Anthrax Scare (Inside Health Policy)

Baltimore health officials are urging the Trump administration to use a law, which was last considered by the Bush administration during the 2001 anthrax scare , to cut the price of the opioid-over

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Renowned Journalist Nicholas Kristof Speaks On Justice And Society (University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Renowned New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof will speak on May 3 at the Peabody Library in Baltimore on the need to build a fairer society. Among those attending will be Baltimore Commissioner of Health Dr. Leana Wen, former Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. The program will also feature Dr. Wen, who will speak about public health in Baltimore.

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Hospitals Roundup—Baltimore, hospitals team up on new opioid initiative; NIH finally launches All of Us campaign (Fierce Healthcare)

Baltimore hospitals will have new incentives for better addressing the opioid crisis—and sharing best practices with their counterparts across the city—under a new initiative announced by the city's top officials Monday.

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Gov’t Urged To Invoke Authority To Boost OD Antidote Access (WJZ)

The Baltimore City Health Department is looking to the Trump administration to expand access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. It’s not the supply but the cost of the drug that jurisdictions like Baltimore are struggling with.

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Baltimore urges feds to invoke authority to boost OD antidote access (Daily Record)

The Trump administration should invoke government authority to slash prices of a life-saving overdose drug or provide funding to expand access amid the coast-to-coast opioid epidemic, Baltimore’s health department and a national advocacy group said Thursday.

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Baltimore Asks Trump to Expand Use of Drug for Opioid Overdoses (CQ Now)

Baltimore is making a first-of-its-kind request that the Trump administration use its existing authority to lower the cost of opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone in order to provide it to health care workers and law enforcement.

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Baltimore officials urge White House to sidestep patents on opioid overdose antidotes (STAT)

The Baltimore health department and a consumer advocacy group are urging the Trump administration to sidestep patents on a pair of opioid overdose antidotes in order to combat the opioid crisis.

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How Can U.S. Fight the Opioid Crisis? Try Antidote Patents (Bloomberg)

The Trump administration should fight the opioid epidemic with a novel weapon, say the city of Baltimore and a consumer advocacy group: overriding patents on the widely-used overdose antidote naloxone.

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Gottlieb suggests sea change as administration looks to alter course of Rx drug prices (BioWorld)

Putting drug prices front and center at the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) annual conference Thursday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took on some of the current rules and restrictions that prevent true market-based pricing and competition.

As Gottlieb was speaking at FDLI, the government watchdog group Public Citizen and the Baltimore City Health Department were calling on the Trump administration to address the high price of specific drugs used to reverse life-threatening opioid overdoses. The groups urged the government to use its march-in rights to enable generic competition for Kaleo Inc.'s naloxone auto-injector Evzio and Adapt Pharma Ltd.'s naloxone nasal spray Narcan.

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A Great Way To Prevent Opioid Deaths: Overriding Patents On Anti-Overdose Drug (Futurism)

In 2016, more than 20,000 Americans died after overdosing on the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency and, you know, pretty much called it a day. 

Well today, activists and health officials sent a potential solution (or at least a way to help prevent overdose-related deaths) to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, who was put in charge of handling the public health crisis.

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