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Aid-in-dying medications can run from $500 to $four,000 in Colorado – The Denver Post

The aid-in-dying medication most often used is secobarbital, marketed under the trade name Seconal, a sedative that can be lethal in larger doses.

But when Valeant Pharmaceuticals International acquired the drug in 2015, its price skyrocketed, prompting a search for a less-expensive alternative. In Colorado, the cost for a 10-gram dose can exceed $4,000.

A three-drug combination of phenobarbital, chloral hydrate and morphine sulfate was introduced in Washington state in 2015, with a cost of about $500. That mixture, while effective,  generally takes longer to work and proved so harsh that it caused some users distress.

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