Narcan maker says anti-opioid nasal spray will soon be available over the counter

Americans might soon not want a prescription to purchase a life-saving nasal spray for individuals who overdose on opioids.

Emergent BioSolutions on Tuesday stated the Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked its application for an over-the-counter model of Narcan, a nasal-spray type of naloxone. Approved in 2015, Narcan and its considerably inexpensive generic rivals are broadly utilized by first responders and laypeople to deal with recognized or suspected opioid overdoses that kill tens of 1000’s of Americans in the U.S. every year. 

The FDA’s precedence evaluation means the company might approve the spray to be offered in drugstores in late March of subsequent year, the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company acknowledged in a information release.

“We are taking to this step to help address the rising and devastating number of opioid overdoses and fatalities happening across the country,” Emergent CEO Robert Kramer stated in a press release. 

More than 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses throughout the 12-month interval ending in October 2021, with 66% of these deaths associated to artificial opioids like fentanyl, in accordance to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The highly effective painkiller is regularly blended with different medication like heroin.


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The timing of Narcan’s anticipated approval would put it forward of rivals, together with Pocket Naloxone, which have unveiled plans to commercialize an over-the-counter naloxone drug. The FDA had urged pharmaceutical companies to use for approval of over-the-counter variations of naloxone amid an overdose disaster from artificial opioids like fentanyl. 

More than 150 individuals die day by day from associated overdoses, and final year greater than 71,000 died from opioids containing fentanyl, in accordance to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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