Narcan, the nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses, is hitting retailer cabinets this month for the primary time as an over-the-counter remedy — a milestone within the struggle in opposition to the nation’s overdose disaster.
Producer Emergent BioSolutions mentioned final week it has shipped a whole bunch of 1000’s of the two-spray kits, at a urged retail value of $44.99. Main retailers akin to CVS, Ceremony Assist, Walgreens and Walmart say the kits shall be obtainable on cabinets in coming days. Corporations are additionally promoting the sprays on-line.
Narcan is a nasal spray model of naloxone, the opioid antidote credited with saving numerous lives throughout the nation’s overdose disaster. Greater than 110,000 individuals are believed to have died of drug poisonings final yr, greater than two-thirds of them from artificial opioids akin to fentanyl. Prescription Narcan is extensively used, carried by paramedics and cops, distributed by teams that work on the streets to cut back the hazards of an more and more poisonous drug provide, and stocked in libraries, faculties and even merchandising machines.
The Meals and Drug Administration in March authorized Narcan for over-the-counter use, a measure that advocates hope will develop its use by positioning the spray in supermarkets, nook shops and fuel stations — and have it saved in first-aid kits or with households nervous teenagers would possibly overdose on counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl.