Naloxone Manufacturer Issues Recall

Jun 5, 2018
Lauren Chapman/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Naloxone manufacturer Hospira issued a voluntary recall of its single-use cartridge syringe system for the opioid overdose antidote.

The company says it found loose or embedded particulate matter on the syringe plunger. The recall is on lot numbers 7260LL and 76510LL.

If someone is exposed to the particulate, Hospira says there is a low chance of experiencing adverse health effects including allergic reactions and pulmonary dysfunction.

Esther Honig

At the Middletown, Ohio fire department, calls for actual fires are rare. These days the station responds to more calls for drug overdoses—four to five a day on average.

Jake Harper/Side Effects

Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of the Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce.

Adapt Pharma Narcan nasal spray and package
Adapt Pharma

Though no one has tracked national numbers, overdoses in schools appear to be rare. Still, a high-profile foundation is partnering with a pharmaceutical company to make sure school nurses are prepared for the worst.

Overdose Antidote Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

Nov 30, 2015

The FDA has approved the first nasal spray version of naloxone, or Narcan, the drug used to save people from opioid overdoses.

Police officers and others have been using a spray form of Narcan for several years, converting the already-approved injectable drug into a mist with a kit. The Camden County, New Jersey Police Department, for example, has saved 159 people from overdoses with off-label spray naloxone since May of 2014.

Despite Legislative Boost, Few Indiana Pharmacies Carry Overdose Antidote

Nov 2, 2015
naloxone kit
Andrea Muraskin

State health officials, law enforcement and legislators all praise what’s sometimes referred to as the miraculous effects of nalxone - a drug that saves lives by reversing the effects of overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids.

But many pharmacies aren’t stocking the drug.

The exterior of a CVS pharmacy
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While naloxone - a drug that's gaining nationwide visibility for its ability to reverse opioid overdoses - is federally classified as a prescription drug, some states have passed laws that allow pharmacies to sell it without one. 

Rebecca Smith / KBIA/Side Effects Public Media

In August, the Pulaski County, Missouri, police captain Johnny Burgess ran his team through a new kind of training exercise. Divided into pairs, each officer practiced plunging a nasal atomizer into the nostril of the other. Burgess cautioned them not to push too hard: “You’re not digging for gold.”  

They were learning to dose a potential victim with intranasal naloxone, or Narcan, a drug that can instantly reverse an opioid overdose. The training was the culmination of months of effort by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s department to overcome logistical hurdles and outfit its officers with the overdose antidote.

naloxone kit
Andrea Muraskin

  A bill to expand access to the overdose intervention drug naloxone was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence Friday, after passing both the house and the state senate unanimously. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can instantly save the life of a person who is overdosing. It was previously only available to medical personnel and public safety officials, and opioid drug users with a prescription from their doctor.

A single injection of naloxone
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When Justin Phillips lost her son Aaron to a heroin overdose on October of 2013, she didn’t know there was a drug that could have saved his life. Now she’s a passionate advocate for expanding the availability of that drug, naloxone, in Indiana through her non-profit Overdose Lifeline.  At a recent Indiana House committee meeting, she told lawmakers that she doesn’t want other parents to go through what she did.