The Kroger Co. announced it now offers naloxone nasal spray 4mg over the counter at its 101 pharmacies in the Dallas region.
The grocery retail giant partnered with the Texas Pharmacy Assn. to secure a physician-signed standing order that allows pharmacists to provide naloxone to patients or third-parties with connections to patients who may have a medical need. In 2016, Texas SB 1462 took effect, which allows authorized medical professionals to prescribe naloxone through a standing order.
Additionally, Kroger pharmacists received specialized training and education as part of the program so they can teach a patient or third party to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and properly handle and administer naloxone, according to the company.
Other retailers offering naloxone over the counter with a standing order include CVS and Walgreens.