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Narcan approval could be a game changer — if people can afford it

Dr. Susan Bissett of the Drug Intervention Institute weighs in on Narcan's over the counter availability.

The Food and Drug Administration’s move to make a version of naloxone available without a prescription marks a major milestone in the fight against opioid addiction, and anti-addiction advocates hope it will break down barriers and help expand access to the drug.

The agency approved Narcan, the brand-name nasal spray manufactured by Emergent BioSolutions. But the company did not say how much it will charge, and there is concern that unless it is priced affordably, over-the-counter Narcan will likely have little impact on the people who need it most.



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