The cost of one package of Evzio has quickly risen from $690 in 2014 when it hit the market to $4,500 today, according to a researchers. Evzio is the first auto-injector formulation of the drug Naloxone, “which means anybody,” reports Julia Belluz, “not just first responders or doctors, can easily use it to save their own lives or the lives of others.”
“In 1971, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug that could reverse a heroin or opioid overdose. More than 40 years later, makers of this drug, called naloxone, are cashing in on the nation’s opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic and price-gouging consumers,” says Belluz.
Price hikes in other formulations of the drug has also risen, which is all the more concerning when one learns that drug overdoses kill more people than car crashes and gun violence in America. “These overdose antidotes have never been more important,” Belluz, and the price hike, never more outrageous.