September 28, 2015

Jepsen Asks Drugmaker To Explain Narcan Price Spike

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State Attorney General George Jepsen wants a California-based drugmaker to explain why the cost of a medication used to treat heroin overdoses has suddenly jumped, claiming the increase could jeopardize lives if Connecticut first responders can no longer afford to administer it.

Jepsen wrote a letter this week to Jack Zhang, CEO of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc., asking why the cost of Naxolone, a drug also known as Narcan, has “dramatically and unexpectedly” risen.

The drug is injected into patients to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, and first responders in Connecticut often use it to treat those suffering from heroin overdoses, according to Jepsen.

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