Drug earning millions despite 'orphan' label
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The city launched its buprenorphine program in October 2006. Since then:
6 treatment centers have participated.
653 patients have been treated with buprenorphine.
122 patients have succeeded in transferring to private doctors.
75 physicians have completed the training program of eight hours.
$475,000 has been spent by state insurance plan on pills for low-income adults.
$1 million has been spent by state and local governments and foundations.
$993,000 has been allocated to expand the program in 2008.
[Sources: Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene]