"We don't know if it's worth the difference," said Lyle Huff, director of ambulance services for Poudre Valley Medical Center in Fort Collins.
"But if the American Heart Association has taken the stand that it's the drug we need to use, we're going to use it."
Some 250,000 people die each year of cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital.
Cardiac arrest happens when there is an abnormality in the electrical conduction of the heart, called ventricular fibrillation.
Each ambulance needs one dosage unit and a backup, so with Cordarone, that's an extra $300 to $500 per ambulance, Huff
said.And every 12 to 18 months, the medications have to be replaced.
There's more scientific evidence supporting Cordarone than there was for several other medications over the years whose benefits were touted then found to be nearly worthless.Huff
pointed to the embracing of, and later abandonment of, Decadron and massive amounts of calcium for heart patients.
The ambulance companies serving McKee Medical Center in Loveland and North Colorado Medical Center
in Greeley also have adopted Cordarone.
But not Denver Health Medical Center
and its ambulance service, Denver Paramedics.