Statewide Standing Order for Dispensing of Naloxone
Friday, June 10, 2016
Pharmacists Can Dispense Naloxone Under Statewide Standing Order
A law regarding the prescribing and dispensing of Opioid Antagonists (Naloxone) became effective June 8, 2015. Act 2015-364, §1 provides authorization for physicians and dentists to utilize standing orders (collaborative agreements) to prescribe opioid antagonists for patients or family members/friends of at-risk patients. It goes on to state that pharmacists can then dispense from these orders.
On May 26, 2016, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Miller issued a statewide standing order for the dispensing of Naloxone pursuant to Act 2016-307. Dr. Miller issued an updated order on December 13, 2016, with an expiration date of December 31, 2019.
This standing order may be used as a prescription to obtain Naloxone from a pharmacy in the event there is an inability to obtain Noloxone or a prescription for Naloxone from an eligible person's regular healthcare provider or another source. This order is authorization for pharmacists to dispense Naloxone and devices for its administration solely in the forms prescribed in the order.
Protocols and orders to dispense can be found in the standing order.
To review this law in its entirety, refer to Section 20-2-280 of the Alabama Code. APA will be providing a CE program at the 2016 Annual Convention on Naloxone.
Download a copy of the Standing Order.