Medical instrument holders have a rare opportunity to save lives by using a cheap, painless, and non-toxic opioid medication called an opioid replacement drug.
The drug is called Narcan.
It’s been available for about a decade in Canada, but it was only recently that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use.
According to the U, the FDA is working on an update to the drug’s prescription-drug labeling that will require manufacturers to clearly label Narcan as an opioid substitution medicine.
It could save hundreds of lives.
“We’re seeing an enormous amount of deaths associated with opioid overdose,” said Dr. Richard L. Siegel, a physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston who is leading the Narcan research.
“It’s an issue of concern.
It is a significant public health issue.”
Siegel said he is not concerned about the potential for addiction and overdose.
“I’m not worried about the health impact of this, I’m concerned about prevention,” he said.
Narcan can also help people who are struggling with an opioid problem and need help getting their life back on track.
Sometime after a drug overdose, the body can’t take in enough opioids to stay alive, Siegel explained.
With Narcan, people who have an opioid addiction or have been addicted to opioids can take the drug.
It gives them an immediate boost of energy, but does not necessarily increase their capacity to get them through their day.
Narcolepsy, the disorder that makes people sleepy, can also increase the amount of opioids they take, making them more likely to use Narcan to help get their lives back on course.
“People who have severe opioid addiction and sleep problems have been identified in a lot of studies that have shown Narcan does work,” Siegel added.
Narca can be taken by anyone who has an opioid painkiller in their system.
If you’re struggling with a painkiller overdose, Narcan is the only way to stop the process, Sauer said.
You don’t need to take the pill every day.
You can take it in the morning or you can take a bottle.
Narcans can be injected or swallowed.
The FDA said the FDA will update the prescription-pill label to require manufacturers, including generic makers, to clearly state whether Narcan and its derivatives are an opioid substitute.
The agency has previously required generic makers to display the words “orphaned” on the label, indicating the drugs are for patients who have died.
In 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it is working with the manufacturer of the drug to revise its labeling to add the word “orphan” to the label of generic opioid medications.
In the meantime, there are Narcan kits available to anyone who needs it, including hospitals and emergency rooms.
In a statement, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said its office has not received any complaints about Narcan from patients.
“The agency is working closely with our partners to assess the effectiveness of the program and make recommendations,” the agency said.
The federal government is funding Narcas development through the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Health Investment Fund, which was created in 2015 to promote the use of fentanyl-containing drugs in the United States.
The fund is also the primary fund that is supporting Narcan’s development.