"Rising cost of overdose treatment drug alarms city" (Baltimore Sun) July 8, 2015
Wednesday Jul 8th, 2015
Baltimore officials and others are alarmed at a nearly a fourfold jump in the cost of a drug used to save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin — a price spike that has prompted calls for state and federal action. City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen says a leading manufacturer of naloxone has since spring raised the 10-dose cost from $97 to $370, with the most recent hike coming last week. "This means we can only save half the lives of patients we were able to before," Wen told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.