NJ pharmacies can now dispense naloxone without prescription

Pharmacies in New Jersey can now apply for a standing order to dispense naloxone without a prescription. Under the Pharmacy Practice Act, pharmacies without medical directors can now apply for a standing order to dispense the opioid overdose reversal drug from the state Department of Health.

Pharmacies in New Jersey can now apply for a standing order to dispense naloxone without a prescription. Under the Pharmacy Practice Act, pharmacies without medical directors can now apply for a standing order to dispense the opioid overdose reversal drug from the state Department of Health. Naloxone "is critical to our efforts to save lives and now we are making it easier for more pharmacists to help," said Gov. Chris Christie. State law originally did not allow the health department to issue standing orders of this kind, and only pharmacies with medical directors could dispense the drug. The state Department of Health is now accepting requests for standing orders from licensed pharmacists in good standing with the state Board of Pharmacy. "We have to look at every overdose reversal as an opportunity to get people into treatment," noted Health Department Commissioner Cathleen Bennett in a statement. "The administration of [naloxone] may return someone from near death, but we know sustained recovery requires more than just an antidote."