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State to Help Cover Co-pays for Naloxone

August 7, 2017  - The Governor's office announced today the state will help defray the cost of purchasing naloxone at pharmacies by contributing up to $40 toward the co-pay.

People with health insurance that covers prescription drugs will be eligible for state aid to buy naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of heroin and opioid overdose, beginning Wednesday, August 9. The program is funded through the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

Insurers may limit the monthly amount of naloxone that a person can receive. The program does not cover uninsured patients, although they may be able to obtain the drug through other programs.

Last November, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman negotiated a $6 per dose rebate — roughly a 20 percent discount — to help state and local government agencies purchase naloxone. The discount extends through January.