How much is a human life worth? Pharmaceutical companies seem to be trying to answer that question lately with outrageous price gouges for life-saving medications such as AIDS treatments and EpiPens. The latest product to undergo an absurd price hike is the naloxone injector Evzio. Naloxone is used to block opioid receptors and is widely recognized in the recovery community as an important product for harm reduction and overdose prevention. Kaleo Pharma, which produces Evzio, recently increased the price of their product by more than 600%, marketing the device at $4,500 from the original $690.
With more than 33,000 people dying from opioid overdoses in 2015, we as a nation are becoming more and more aware of the epidemic that is opioid addiction. Whether it’s a friend, a coworker, a sibling, or even a parent, addiction effects everyone across social and economic lines. The ability to help save a loved one’s life is invaluable, but these multi-million dollar pharmaceutical manufacturers seem to be trying to make it less attainable.
This price increase is detrimental to many local services that operate to help and save many suffering addicts, and the increase also seems to be unfounded in the eyes of experts. “There’s absolutely nothing that warrants them charging what they’re charging,” said Leo Beletsky, an Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. With the cost of producing the 10-milliliter vial being $150, the current pricing set by Kaleo Pharma can only be seen as extortion. Why are these companies deciding to increase their prices to such unprecedented amounts? Does the extra profit really warrant thousands of lives lost, mostly our younger generation?
Here at Infinite Recovery, we have naloxone on hand and teach our clients and staff about the importance and proper use of the medication in the unfortunate event of an overdose. No longer can we as a community fain naivety and act as if these things don’t happen in the world of recovery.
We strive to be a part of the change and provide quality treatment to as many Americans as possible, including those close to you. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction of any kind, get help now. We offer a confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available 24/7 online.