PHARMACY

Walgreens makes naloxone available prescription-free in La.

BY David Salazar
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday continued its push to make overdose reversal drug naloxone available to patients without a prescription, rolling out the drug’s availability at its more than 150 Louisiana locations. 
 
“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Louisiana families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” Walgreens regional healthcare director in Louisiana, Rob Braley, said. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”
 
In February, Walgreens announced its plan to make naloxone available prescription-free in 35 states in Washington, D.C. in  accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Since then, it’s had success in 24 states containing more than 4,300 Walgreens pharmacies. When the effort is complete, more than 7,000 of the company’s nearly 8,200 stores will dispense naloxone without a prescription. 
 
Currently, Walgreens pharmacies dispense naloxone without a prescription in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (including Duane Reade pharmacies), North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
 
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