Naloxone has been proven to save lives victims of heroin overdose – yet its administration is too complicated which can be really messy in the long run. But a global design and strategy firm named frog invented an EpiPen for Heroin overdose.
On 24 November 2015, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced its final decision to place “naloxone when used for the treatment of opioid overdose” on Schedule 3, thereby allowing over-the-counter (OTC) purchase. This measure came into effect on 1 February 2016, making Australia the second country, after Italy (in 1995), to have naloxone formally available OTC.
Although data is lacking, experts' observations and anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly suggest that only a tiny minority of treatment facilities currently provide overdose education - including preventing, recognizing and responding to an overdose and the risks of mixing certain substances - or offer naloxone.
In the midst of the opioid epidemic, there’s a spike in the price of injectable naloxone, the drug used to reverse an overdose.
Evzio, made by Richmond-based Kaleo, is a user-friendly, pocket-sized device. The wholesale price for a kit was $690 when it hit the market in July 2014. In November 2015, the wholesale price rose to $900. At the beginning of February, it increased 400 percent to $4,500.
The overdose antidote naloxone could soon be available without a prescription, Health Canada says. That change would reassure families and friends of drugs users, said Darlene MacAulay-Boutilier, whose friend Julie Boland died from an overdose in October.
While naloxone has traditionally been administered in a hospital or medical setting by trained emergency responders, the drug is now available as a "take-home" product that can be administered in the event of an emergency by a family member or others.
SIMON Corbell says new laws providing legal protections for people who administer the life-saving overdose reversal medicine Naloxone in an emergency situation, have today been passed in the Legislative Assembly.
Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug's manufacturer.
Health Canada today proposed a change to make naloxone more widely available to Canadians in support of efforts to address the growing number of opioid overdoses. After taking the unprecedented step of initiating a review of the drug’s prescription status, Health Canada has put forward an amendment to the prescription drug list to allow non-prescription use of naloxone specifically for emergency use for opioid overdose outside hospital settings. The product labelling would be revised and training would be required for those potentially administering the drug.