Pharmacists set to keep dispensing opioid overdose drug

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Michigan announced on November 21 that an emergency rule allowing pharmacists in the state to dispense naloxone has been extended into 2018. In May, Gov.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Michigan announced on November 21 that an emergency rule allowing pharmacists in the state to dispense naloxone has been extended into 2018. In May, Gov. Rick Snyder requested that the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs establish an emergency rule that permitted registered pharmacies to dispense naloxone without a prescription from an individual's physician. Under the rule, the opioid overdose reversal drug can be dispensed under a standing order signed by Eden Wells, MD, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The measure was set to expire on November 27, but the extension means it will remain in place through May 27, 2018. As of mid-November, 49.8% of Michigan's more than 2,800 pharmacies with controlled substance licenses had registered with the state health department to be able to dispense naloxone under the emergency rule, state health officials say.