The drug chain said Wednesday that more than 630 Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia now offer naloxone without a requiring a doctor’s prescription, subject to state regulations.
This past fall, Rite Aid had enabled no-prescription access to naloxone at its pharmacies in Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont as part of the company’s efforts to address drug abuse.
“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid, said in a statement. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially life-saving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”
Rite Aid said it has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists to dispense naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray.
The company added that it’s working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states where the medication is currently only available with a prescription from a physician.
Overall, Rite Aid offers naloxone for purchase without a patient-specific prescription at its pharmacies in 17 states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.