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Fast-Rising Prices for Emergency-Care Drugs

The prices paid by Philadelphia Emergency Medical Services for many life-saving drugs have risen sharply since 2013.

Drug

Naloxone (box of 10)

Dextrose (box of 10)

Epinephrine (box of 10)

Sodium bicarbonate (box of 10)

Calcium chloride

Magnesium sulfate* (each)

Furosemide* (each)

Albuterol (box of 60)

Uses

Opioid overdose

Diabetes

Anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest

Antacid, acidosis, drug overdoses

Cardiac arrest, poisonings

Cardiac arrest, migrane

Heart failure, kidney disease

Asthma

2013

$151.60

$41.60

$21.90

$61.40

$31.20

$4.60

$2.50

$15.00

2016

$378.88

$113.72

$69.31

$232.87

$121.00

$30.27

$22.98

$58.60

Increase

+150%

+173%

+216%

+279%

+288%

+558%

+819%

+291%

SOURCE: Philadelphia Fire Department / EMS

* Epsom salts **Lasix

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