University of Kentucky training pharmacists to distribute naloxone

The Advancing Pharmacy Practice in Kentucky Coalition, a group from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has developed training programs and protocols to teach the state's pharmacists how to distribute naloxone to prevent opioid overdose.

The Advancing Pharmacy Practice in Kentucky Coalition, a group from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has developed training programs and protocols to teach the state's pharmacists how to distribute naloxone to prevent opioid overdose. New state legislation allows pharmacists, working with physicians, to fill naloxone orders to caregivers without an individual prescription. The coalition is launching a statewide tour in October and November to help train pharmacists about the drug. So far, about 300 Kentucky pharmacists have been trained on the new naloxone prescription guidelines and protocols, and about 500 more are expected to be trained through the new initiative, says Trish Freeman, director of the College of Pharmacy's Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice.