The Clinton Foundation says it has negotiated a lower price that municipalities will pay for naloxone, a life-saving medication that reverses the effects of prescription painkiller or heroin overdoses, says the New York Times. Many cities want to equip police officers and other emergency responders with the drug, but the cost per treatment had doubled to nearly $100 over the past year in some places. Local law enforcement and health authorities say they are struggling to keep the lifesaving drug available.
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, part of a foundation founded by former President Bill Clinton, said it had negotiated a stable, low price for an injector that delivers a single dose of naloxone. The chief executive of the Clinton Initiative declined to disclose the price but said it was close to what the federal government pays for the product. The government, a large purchaser, has bargaining power to get a lower price. Until now, municipalities and other entities were forced to negotiate individually.