Stop Increasing the Price of Heroin Overdose Drug

Target: Jack Y. Zhang, Director and CEO of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals

Goal: Reduce prices for drug used to save people from heroin overdoses.

First responders are unable to purchase enough naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of heroin and save people from otherwise-fatal overdoses, because the only company that can manufacture it has raised its price as demand for it has increased. Life-saving drugs should not be held hostage by Big Pharma. Demand that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals reduce the price of naloxone.

Naloxone is an emergency medication that counteracts the dangerous physiological effects of heroin, and can be easily given to a person who has taken an overdose of the drug to save them from death. Because of this, it has become a staple among police departments, medical first responders, relatives of people who are addicted to heroin, and others who could find themselves facing an individual in danger from heroin overdose.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared an opioid epidemic in 2008, though—the class of drugs that heroin belongs to—the only company that manufactures naloxone, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, has increased the price for drug by over $1,000. People that need the drug can’t afford it, and many are dying as a result.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ prioritization of its profit margins over the health and welfare of people who can only be kept alive by its medicine is disgusting. Sign the petition below to demand that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals reduce its price for naloxone.


Dear Director Zhang,

I am writing you today regarding your company’s naloxone medication. Specifically, I wanted to discuss your increasing prices for this life-saving drug.

As I’m sure you are aware, naloxone is the go-to for police departments, emergency medical technicians, family of people who have an addiction to heroin, and others who have a reasonable expectation of needing to quickly and reliably save someone who has taken potentially fatal amounts of heroin. Your company’s response to this reliance, however, displays a profound mix-up in your priorities.

You have increased the price of the drug due to its high demand, and have consequently priced out many people from getting as much of the drug as they need—or, God forbid, getting the drug at all. According to the CDC, this is causing about 20,000 deaths annually, deaths that might have been prevented if your drug was more readily available.

This is unethical. Profits should absolutely never be prioritized over human lives, especially by a corporation as large as Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. I demand that you drastically reduce the price of naloxone so that the people who need to have it can actually buy it.


[Your Name Here]

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