Breaking News: Narcan Shelf-Life Extended!

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse recently published information announcing that Emergent BioSolutions, the manufacturer of Narcan®, had obtained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend the shelf life of Narcan® nasal spray from 24 months to 36 months. This extension was to include any product previously released with a 24-month shelf life by extending the shelf life an additional 12 months. However, Emergent released the following announcement this week: Recently, you may have received a communication from Emergent BioSolutions regarding shelf life extension for Narcan® (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray 4 mg. The following is to correct that prior communication. The FDA has approved the extension of the shelf life of Narcan® (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray from 24 months to 36 months. This extension will be applicable only to new product which will be labeled with the new expiration date. This product has not yet been distributed. Accordingly, product currently in the market which you may have in inventory, is still subject to the expiration dating printed on the packaging for the product. In other words, all Narcan Nasal Spray product remains subject to the expiration dating printed on its specific package. 

Pharmacy Dispensing Resources

In July 2020, the IDPH and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy announced that community pharmacies in Iowa may begin to submit electronic claims for reimbursement of NARCAN nasal spray. Pharmacies will be reimbursed 100% of the drug cost + a $20 dispensing fee. 

More information on this program can be found here. 

TeleNaloxone Resources

The following posters are available for download to help promote the availability of free naloxone in Iowa.

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