PainRelief.com Interview with:
Evan D. Peet, PhD Professor
Pardee RAND Graduate School
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: This study is part of a broader CDC funded project looking at access to naloxone and naloxone’s impacts on opioid-related overdose deaths. There have been increasing efforts to expand access to naloxone, with a variety of different laws being passed by states across the nation. But one part of access that has been understudied is the cost borne by patients.
High out-of-pocket costs may act as a barrier to this life-saving drug, so in this study we look at trends in out-of-pocket costs of naloxone and how they vary by payor and drug brand.