Statement attributable to:
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA
President-elect, chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force
American Medical Association
“The AMA applauds the FDA and Commissioner Gottlieb for today’s action to provide labeling that would allow for over-the-counter availability of naloxone, a move that will save people from opioid-related overdose. Naloxone has saved tens of thousands of lives, and the AMA continues to strongly urge physicians to co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of opioid-related overdose.
“As called for by AMA policy and ongoing advocacy, today’s action should spur efforts by naloxone manufacturers to submit applications for their products to receive over-the-counter status. Doing so would be an important step to save even more lives from a national epidemic.”
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