Dying Has Become More Expensive for Some Thanks to a Valeant Price Hike

March 25, 2016

(STAT News) – True to its widely vilified business model, the drug maker more than doubled the price of Seconal, a drug used for physician-assisted suicide, from $1,500 to $3,000, early last year. This occured a few months before California lawmakers proposed  legalizing the practice (it was signed into law last October). The company was able to readily slap a higher price on the drug because there are no generics available, although a compound version can be obtained.