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FDA approves Narcan for over-the-counter use

March 30, 2023


Despite efforts to curb overdoses, the opioid crisis continue to damage communities throughout the country. Overall, opioid deaths in the U.S. were increasing through 2021.

Approved since 2015, Narcan has become an important part of the public health response to reduce overdoses, and is now widely used by medical workers and first responders.

Emergent has worked to expand access to Narcan, submitting additional data to the FDA supporting the drug’s safety and efficacy when used over-the-counter. Emergent also had to show that people could use the drug without healthcare supervision, which the FDA said would require the company to change the labeling to provide clear directions.

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