- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the state has reached an agreement with the maker of an antidote used in drug overdoses that addresses concerns about the rising cost of naloxone.

Earlier this year, Gov. Peter Shumlin urged Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. to give Vermont a break on the expense in the interest of saving lives. Shumlin said the cost of naloxone rose from $113 per 10 doses in March to $183 in April.

Sorrell said Friday that Amphastar has agreed to provide a $6 per dose rebate and increase the rebate to match any increase in the wholesale price.

Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioids, including heroin.

Sorrell says naloxone has already saved Vermonters’ lives and affordable access to it “is a critical component of addressing the opioid crisis.”

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