More California pharmacies to distribute naloxone

The California Department of Public Health has authorized 27 organizations across the state, mostly pharmacies and addiction treatment centers, to distribute and administer naloxone without a prescription.

The California Department of Public Health has authorized 27 organizations across the state, mostly pharmacies and addiction treatment centers, to distribute and administer naloxone without a prescription. The order, issued by agency director Karen Smith, MD, functions as a standing prescription for organizations that have difficulty finding a doctor—a problem in small and rural areas where physician shortages are common, and addiction medicine is outside the purview of many doctors' practices. The agency issued a statewide standing order for naloxone in May. "Entities in more rural areas may be applying for a statewide standing order for naloxone because these are the areas experiencing the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths," said a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health. "The standing order is filling an identified gap for those that have naloxone, but no standing order in place to distribute or administer the naloxone."