Ohio Attorney General announces price freeze on naloxone spray

Narcan brand nasal spray
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that Adapt Pharma will freeze the Public Interest Price for its naloxone nasal spray for Ohio over the next year.

Ohio is currently the only state in the country that has secured a price freeze with the company.

When given to a person overdosing on opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or a prescription opioid, naloxone can limit or stop the overdose by reversing the effects of the opioid on the brain.

DeWine met with Adapt Pharma last week to discuss a proposal to offer the FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray to Ohio law enforcement, first responders, state and local government agencies and community-based organizations at a discounted rate for the next year.

The Public Interest Price will apply for one year from Friday, Nov. 25 to qualified purchasers who purchase two 4 mg doses of the nasal spray for $75, when obtained directly from Adapt Pharma in quantities greater than 48 units. That cost is a 40 percent discount from Adapt Pharma’s Wholesale Acquisition Cost of $125.

“The cost to purchase naloxone has prevented some agencies from carrying this life saving drug, but I hope that Adapt Pharma’s new price freeze for Ohio will allow more agencies to consider keeping naloxone on hand,” said DeWine. “I continue to urge law enforcement agencies to carry this drug, because it can mean the difference between life and death for those suffering from addiction.”

Ohio is also currently in an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for $6 rebates for every Amphastar naloxone syringe purchased until March 2017. During the first year of the rebate agreement, 82 Ohio agencies were reimbursed a total of more than $209,000 to offset the cost of naloxone purchases.