Health Care

Calif. poised to be first to cap over-the-counter Narcan costs

The opioid overdose-reversing drug would top out at $10.
A container of Narcan, a brand name version of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, sits on a table following a demonstration at the Health and Human Services Humphrey Building on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Nasal sprays that can reverse an opioid overdose would cost less than some bottles of shampoo in California pharmacies under a bill that is expected to clear the legislature this week. 

The measure, which heads back to the Assembly for concurrence after the Senate approved it Tuesday, would be the first in the country to require health insurance companies that cover prescription drugs to also pay for over-the-counter naloxone products, capping out-of-pocket costs at $10.

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