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AG Schimel Renews Rebate Agreement with Manufacturer of Lifesaving Opiate Antidote

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has agreed to continue providing a $6 rebate for each Amphastar naloxone syringe purchased by public entities in Wisconsin from now until February 1, 2018.

By - Feb 1st, 2017 09:10 am

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced he has renewed the State’s agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which established a rebate program for the heroin and prescription painkiller antidote naloxone. Naloxone, often branded as Narcan, can be administered as a nasal spray or injection and works within minutes to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

“When an individual has overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin, we only have a few minutes to intervene and save that person’s life,” said Attorney General Schimel. “I appreciate Amphastar’s willingness to partner with the State and provide those on the frontlines of this battle with financial relief.”

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has agreed to continue providing a $6 rebate for each Amphastar naloxone syringe purchased by public entities in Wisconsin from now until February 1, 2018.

“Since 2013, we have been working to expand access to lifesaving opioid antagonists like naloxone,” said Rep. John Nygren. “While these medications can be expensive, our state has worked with Amphastar on an agreement that ensures the affordability of these important medications. Measures like this save lives, and I’m looking forward to working with my legislative colleagues, the medical community, law enforcement and the Attorney General, and recovery advocates statewide on more efforts that will help combat Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic.”

State, county, and local government agencies, as well as law enforcement and other public and government entities that distribute naloxone are eligible for the Amphastar naloxone rebate.

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  1. Walter stawicki says:

    king County is seeing the field distribution of Narcan. Addict and friends and some “street medics” are now carring. people can access it medicallly without a bust of user of others involved. This is how it should be handled. However, be aware that it is no sure fix because a person can die before the administration if tis not right there at use, if there is a fast cting opiod like any of the fentanyl family. Also it wears off fast. The literature cautions that it is possible to reverse an o.d. only to see it return when the nalox wears off but the opiate (heroin would be one ) outlasts.
    From the official site:
    “EVZIO can temporarily reverse the effects of opioids and help keep a patient breathing until emergency medical assistance is available
    “Get emergency medical help right away after the first dose of EVZIO, even if the person wakes up
    “If symptoms return after an injection with EVZIO, an additional injection using another EVZIO may be needed
    “Seconds count in an opioid emergency—have a plan in place
    “Most life-threatening opioid emergencies occur in the home, witnessed by friends or family
    “Lack of oxygen from an opioid emergency may lead to severe and permanent brain damage in as little as 4 minutes, yet the average EMS response time is 9.4 minutes according to the National EMS Information System”

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