MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
STATE LAW ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE STANDING ORDER FOR NALOXONE DISPENSING SIGNED INTO LAW ON MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016. The North Carolina General Assembly has passed, and Governor McCrory has signed into law, a bill that will allow the State Health Director, Dr. Randall Williams, to issue a statewide standing order for naloxone dispensing – a standing order that any pharmacy in North Carolina may use. This standing order will allow any licensed North Carolina pharmacist who chooses to participate to dispense naloxone to patients who are at risk of an opioid overdose or to their friends or family members or to people in a position to help them.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“NC DHHS”) has set up a website to educate pharmacists and the public about the statewide standing order. It may be found at www.naloxonesaves.org. Pharmacists and pharmacies should review the information on the website immediately.
The website includes instructions for pharmacies that wish to dispense under the standing order to notify NC DHHS that they intend to do so. Pharmacies dispensing under a standing order (whether through the State Health Director or through their own standing order) will be listed on the website after contact information is provided to DHHS.
There is likely to be significant media attention to the new law and members of the public may approach your pharmacy to obtain naloxone through the standing order. If you have any questions about the standing order that are not answered by the www.naloxonesaves.org website, you may contact Board of Pharmacy staff or Anna Stein, DHHS Legal Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org).