FDA Approves First Over-The-Counter Opioid Overdose Treatment

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved an over-the-counter version of naloxone (opioid overdose reversal drug). This move is expected to increase access to lifesaving medication. Up until now, naloxone was available in the United States only as a prescription drug.

Dr. Scott Hadland, a pediatrician and an addiction specialist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, said, "With its availability over the counter, this drug could save more lives."

The company informs that over-the-counter Narcan, which will be sold as a single-dose nasal spray, may become available in late summer, and it would be available in sites like convenience and grocery stores and even vending machines following the FDA approval. It will be packaged in a larger box with pictures and clear instructions to assist people in administering the drug more efficiently.

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