DUBLIN, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Adapt Pharma welcomes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Consumer Update What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids. Adapt applauds the FDA for its specific recommendation that opioid consumers ask their provider " Can I have a Prescription for Naloxone?"
The Consumer Update suggests that before taking opioids consumers "… should discuss with your doctor whether you should also receive a prescription for naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and could save lives. In many cases it makes sense to be prepared for potential problems by keeping naloxone in your home." Adapt encourages consumers to talk to their healthcare providers about naloxone, particularly if they or a loved one is prescribed opioids. Adapt Pharma hopes this update will continue to promote conversations of the availability of FDA-approved naloxone products, like NARCAN® Nasal Spray, which are designed specifically with the community in mind and require no medical experience or formal training to use. "The FDA has already taken tremendous steps in response to the country's opioid overdose epidemic, specifically through its expedited approval and support of access to community-ready naloxone products like NARCAN® Nasal Spray," said Seamus Mulligan, CEO of Adapt Pharma. "Adapt Pharma welcomes this most recent example of the FDAs efforts to combat the epidemic." "We've worked closely with state and local governments to expand access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray across the country," said Mike Kelly, President of U.S. Operations at Adapt Pharma. "Additionally, in many states you can walk into many local or chain pharmacies and pick up our product without a physician's prescription and Narcan is covered by most insurance plans." NARCAN® Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray for the emergency treatment of opioid-, fentanyl- and heroin-related overdose. It is now available as a ready-to-use, needle-free, 4 mg concentrated dose of naloxone in a single spray. As the first and only FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray, NARCAN® Nasal Spray provides a ready-to-use alternative to currently available opioid overdose emergency treatments. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care. Please see Indications and Important Safety Information below.ABOUT NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) NASAL SPRAYNARCAN® Nasal Spray is indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present.