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News From the Food and Drug Administration
November 20, 2018

Will Naloxone Become Available OTC?

JAMA. 2018;320(19):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17836

Experts will discuss developing the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone hydrochloride for over-the-counter (OTC) sales during a 2-day meeting in December that’s aimed at finding new ways to make the medication more widely available.

“This potentially life-saving treatment is a critical tool for individuals, families, first responders, and communities to help reduce opioid overdose deaths,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a statement. Gottlieb noted that the number of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioids has doubled in recent years, from 21 089 in 2010 to 42 249 in 2016.