Feb 3, 2017 - Health

Opioid overdose antidote is the latest drug with a huge price hike

Michael Clevenger / The Courier-Journal via AP

Per Vox, makers of an anti-opioid drug called naloxone are jacking prices in the face of the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic. The lesson, Vox says, is that they're doing it because they can — America's free market on pharmaceutical pricing lets drugmakers set their own prices with private insurers without any government interference.

  • Auto-injection version: $690 in 2014; $4,500 today
  • Injectable version: $62.29 in 2012; $142.49 today

Why it matters: Drug companies can't afford more stories like this right when they're getting President Trump to soften his tone on rising prices.

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