Vermont has scored a better deal on Narcan, a drug that revives people who have overdosed on opiates.
Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced Friday that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has agreed to give the state a 20 percent discount off the wholesale price for the next year. Currently, Narcan runs about $30 a dose, so Vermont will get a $6 dollar rebate for each dose it purchases.
Gov. Peter Shumlin excoriated Amphastar last April for jacking up the price of Narcan. In a letter to the company, he noted that the state health department paid $113 for 10 doses in March and $183 for the same amount in April.