Under a new law, Iowa pharmacists may dispense naloxone by a standing order to an individual at risk of an opioid-related overdose or a person who may be in a position to assist an individual at risk of an opioid-related overdose. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the Medical Director and State Epidemiologist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, has authorized a standing order that is available to all Iowa pharmacists who have met the required training criteria.
Pharmacies participating in Naloxone distribution
View the list HERE.
To get your pharmacy participating:
- Review the board's rulemaking, effective November 3, 2016.
- Download and review the Statewide Standing Order.
- Download and review the Eligibility Assessment Form.
- Download and review the Iowa Naloxone Brochure.
- Pharmacists complete at least a one-hour continuing education course related to opioid antagonist utilization. (Free courses can be found at Free CE Programs Related to Opioid Antagonist Administration)
- Determine which naloxone product(s), from those identified in the standing order, the pharmacy will offer. The pharmacy is not required to offer all three authorized products.
- Develop a policy and procedure relating to dispensing naloxone under a standing order and train all pharmacy staff on the procedures.
- Review the Naloxone FAQs.
Please contact Sue Mears if you have any questions about the new law or the Board's rules.