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Drug company sets up heroin overdose antidote rebates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A pharmaceutical company has agreed to provide rebates to public entities in Wisconsin that purchase the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the deal on Wednesday. The agreement calls for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to provide a $6 rebate for every Narcan syringe public entities purchase from the company through Feb. 1, 2017. State, county and local government agencies as well as law enforcement and other government entities that distribute Narcan will be eligible for the rebate.

Schimel said in a news release that Amphastar has reached similar agreements with other states, including Ohio and New York.

Patrick Ryan, president of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin, said in the release that the deal should help build emergency responders’ Narcan supplies.

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