FDA Weighs Recommendation to Prescribe Naloxone Along With Opioids

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is weighing whether to recommend prescribing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone along with opioid prescriptions, CNN reports.

States including California, Arizona, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Vermont and Rhode Island already have laws and regulations that require doctors to “co-prescribe” or offer naloxone prescriptions when they prescribe opioids to people considered to be at high risk of overdosing. In these states, patients are not required to fill their naloxone prescriptions. Cancer patients and those in nursing homes and hospice generally are exempted from the rules.

A subcommittee of the FDA recently voted in favor of co-prescribing, the article notes. The FDA estimates that more than 48 million additional naloxone doses would be needed if the agency recommended national co-prescribing.

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.

How to Respond to Overdose with Naloxone - Narcan

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