Newsom announces deal to purchase Naloxone for cheaper

California will now be able to purchase over one million more packs of Naloxone a year to combat opioid overdoses.

California has partnered with a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, to purchase a generic version of the opioid overdose reversal drug, Narcan.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the deal on Monday. 


The big picture: The deal will allow California to purchase naloxone at $24 per pack, which is about 40% cheaper than the market rate. 

  • That allows California to acquire 3.2 million packs in one year instead of two million for the same cost. 
  • The naloxone purchased will be distributed for free to first responders, universities, and community organizations through California’s Naloxone Distribution Project.
  • The agreement will lead to the availability of naloxone under the CalRx label, a program aimed at providing much cheaper, competing versions of life-saving medications to force drug companies to lower their prices.

Why it matters: California aims to address the significant increase in opioid overdose deaths in California. 

  • There were 7,385 such deaths in 2022, more than double the fatalities in 2019. 

What they’re saying: “California is disrupting the drug industry with CalRx – securing life-saving drugs at lower and transparent prices,” Newsom said. “As we continue the effort to bring $30 insulin to the market, the state is now set to purchase life-saving naloxone for almost half of the current market price – maximizing taxpayer dollars and saving more lives with this miracle drug.”

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