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    Combating the growing opioid epidemic with the “rescue shot”

     

    How it is supplied

    Naloxone for take-home use can be supplied as an intramuscular (IM) injection or as an intranasal (IN)spray. Both formulations are effective. Patients and caregivers tend to prefer the nasal spray, while the components of the IM kit are more readily available in pharmacies. There is also a newly available auto-injector, which is convenient to prescribe and dispense, but is much more costly then the alternatives.

    Expanded access

    While states are continuing to adopt laws that increase accessibility to the lifesaving medication, the federal government is also lending its support and helping to create a solution.

    In February, the White House proposed $1.1 billion in new funding to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic, including $500 million to help states expand treatment of prescription drug overdoses, increase treatment, and expand access to naloxone. 

     

    Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD
    This article is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When legal questions arise, pharmacists should consult with ...

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