The overdose-reversing drug Narcan might quickly be available for purchase over-the-counter with no prescription, the Meals and Drug Administration introduced Wednesday.
The FDA’s approval of the nasal spray Narcan — the model title for the drug naloxone — means the medicine could possibly be extra broadly out there throughout the U.S. because the nation continues to grapple with an opioid epidemic.
“At the moment’s motion paves the best way for the life-saving medicine to reverse an opioid overdose to be bought on to customers in locations like drug shops, comfort shops, grocery shops and fuel stations, in addition to on-line,” the FDA mentioned in a press release.
It might take months earlier than Narcan turns into out there over-the-counter and the fee can be decided by the producer, the administration added.
The precise dose permitted for over-the-counter gross sales is the 4 milligram (mg) naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray. Different formulations and dosages of the drug would nonetheless require a prescription, the FDA mentioned.
The administration first permitted Narcan nasal spray in 2015 as a prescription drug.