How does a $575 life-saving drug jump to $4,500? Blame a perverse system
Wired - 02/15/2017
In the past few years, state legislatures responded to the growing opioid epidemic by passing laws requiring first responders to carry naloxone. President Obama even signed a law last summer to provide $181 million in funding for naloxone programs. “There was this major push to get cops access,” says Leo Beletsky, a professor of public health at Northeastern University who helped the Department of Justice write guidelines for naloxone. “Now thousands of law enforcement agencies have equipped their officers with naloxone.” That created an entirely new market for the drug.