Are drug companies 'profiteering' off life-saving heroin overdose medicine? (Penn Live)
Thursday Aug 3rd, 2017
The greatest outrage is directed at Evzio, a high-tech dispenser which "talks" a novice through reversing an overdose.
It cost $690 when it came out in 2014. Now the list price is $4,500 -- an increase of more than 500 percent.
Evzio delivers a dose of naloxone, which blocks the effects of heroin and opioid painkillers, jumpstarting the heart rate and breathing of someone who overdosed.
Cheaper configurations of naloxone exist. It's a generic drug that's been around since the early 1970s.