State to End Subsidized Rabies Treatment

Beginning Jan. 1, the state of Alaska will no longer offer a subsidized treatment plan for rabies infections.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- Beginning Jan. 1, the state of Alaska will no longer offer a subsidized treatment plan for rabies infections.
   
The state's epidemiology department sent an email this week saying it will no longer give away "rabies post-exposure prophylaxis," the medicine used to treat people exposed to rabies.
   
From 2008-2012, the state paid $450,000 for the medicine to treat rabies in 107 people. Officials say that's a big chunk of the division's $18 million budget, and eliminating the program will help stave off rising costs in other areas.
   
The Centers for Disease Control reports there's no shortage of rabies drugs, so hospitals and clinics should have no problem securing them.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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