Overdose-reversal drug available

Drugstore chain offers naloxone without a prescription

Monday, May 02, 2016 7:3PM

CVS Health announced last week that it is making the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS pharmacy locations in New Hampshire. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in New Hampshire that allows the company to expand access to the medication in the Granite State.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our New Hampshire pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, vice president of pharmacy professional practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery and we applaud the state of New Hampshire for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

“The opioid epidemic has touched so many families in New Hampshire and across the U.S. and expanding access to naloxone is one important step in our efforts to address it,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “We applaud CVS Health for increasing access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse, so patients and families can learn more about drug abuse prevention.