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Statewide Standing Order for Distribution of Naloxone or Other Opioid Antagonists

LDH Secretary Signs & Issues Standing Order

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Health, has tody signed and issued a statewide standing order for the distribution of naloxone or other opioid antagonists.  A copy of the order is available here.  As authorized by Act 370 of the 2016 Legislature and the subsequent rule promulgated by the Board of Pharmacy (LAC 46:LIII.2541), the statewide standing order may be used by any Louisiana-licensed pharmacy to authorize the distribution or dispensing of naloxone or other opioid antagonist to any person who wants to have the product ready to use in the event of an opioid overdose event.  The order instructs pharmacists on the information the recipient must know before receiving the product, and further, authorizes the pharmacist to prepare prescriptions in the name of the insured person, if necessary for reimbursement purposes.  As indicated by Board rules, medical orders like these expire one year after the date of issue.