Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) has announced a new educational collaboration with ADAPT Pharma, Inc. to expand availability and increase awareness of naloxone, an opioid overdose emergency treatment, while educating Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians about opioid overdose. A new Pharmacy Training online video will arm pharmacies and staff with the necessary knowledge to educate patients and caregivers about potential dangers of prescription opioids, and the importance of having naloxone on-hand.
The initiative follows a recent report in New York City stating that only one-third of pharmacies that registered to provide naloxone, had the product in stock and would dispense it without a prescription.1 In the United States, 50 states allow naloxone, including NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray, to be purchased directly from a pharmacist without an individualized prescription from their doctor.
“We are working with ADAPT to help educate our pharmacists and put programs in place that will help us inform our at-risk patients about opioid safety, and the importance of having naloxone available in the home,” said Don Anderson, President & CEO, IPC. “Our new collaboration with ADAPT Pharma arms member pharmacies and their employees with critical tools and information to ensure they are taking an active stance in preventing opioid overdose deaths in their communities.”
NARCAN® Nasal Spray 4mg is the first and only FDA-approved, needle-free formulation of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. It does not require assembly or any specialized medical training* and is also the highest concentrated dose of intranasal naloxone currently available. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care, and additional doses of NARCAN® Nasal Spray may be required until emergency medical assistance arrives. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately after initial use, keeping the patient under continued surveillance. Repeat doses may be necessary.
*Please read Instructions for Use.
1. Correal A. Overdose Antidote Is Supposed to Be Easy to Get. It’s Not. The New York Times. Published April 12, 2018. Accessed June 11, 2018.