Pursuant to a 2016 Iowa law, Iowa pharmacists may dispense naloxone by a standing order to an individual at risk of an opioid-related overdose or to a person who may be in a position to assist an individual at risk of an opioid-related overdose. Dr. Robert Kruse, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, has authorized a statewide standing order that is available to all Iowa pharmacists who have met the required training criteria.
With the implementation of the board's statewide protocol, pharmacies will have yet another option to provide naloxone to the public. However, it does not take the place of the statewide standing order issued by Dr. Kruse.
Pharmacies participating in Naloxone distribution
To get your pharmacy participating:
- Review the Board's rules related to opioid-antagonist dispensing HERE.
- Download and print a copy of the Statewide Standing Order.
- Download and print copies of the Eligibility Assessment Form.
- Download and print copies of the Iowa Naloxone Brochure.
- Each participating pharmacist must complete at least one hour of continuing education related to opioid antagonist utilization.
- Pharmacies are not required to stock and dispense all three product options found in the statewide standing order.
- Participating pharmacies must have policies and procedures (and train staff on the P&Ps) related to naloxone dispensing under a standing order.
- Additional information can be found in the Board's FAQs.
- Frequently Asked Questions about NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray
NARCAN® Dispensing Program Memorandum
NARCAN® Dispensing Program Frequently Asked Questions