|Naloxone Toolkit - What Pharmacists Need to Know!|
Since the fall of 2015, Pennsylvania has a statewide standing order which allows pharmacies to dispense Naloxone under the order from Dr. Rachel Levine, PA's Physician General.
Why Should My Pharmacy Stock and Dispense Naloxone?
Tom rewording The short answer is that because it is the right thing to do, every life is worth saving. We know it gets more complicated than that but it is important to remember that addiction is a disease which needs to be treated. We don't refuse to treat diabetics just because they continue to eat poorly. By saving a life, you are giving someone a second chance (or in some cases a third or fourth chance) to turn their life around and get the help they need. Providing treatment options does go hand-in-hand; please go to insert link to treatment page when ready
survival - treatment stories? coming 9/23 - link to a compilation
the pharmacists perspective
Hear from other Pharmacists as to how and why they are dispensing naloxone, including tips you can use in your practice. (Link to page for this information when we get)
Success stories of implementation from pharmacists - coming 9/23
How Do I Get Started
I think it would be good to develop a step by step implementation guide? Ideas coming from all by 9/23
College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists: Naloxone Access: A Practical Guide for Pharmacists
Billing and Insurance Coverage
Medical Assistance: per 55 Pa Code, Chapter 1121 – Pharmaceutical Services - §1121.52, pharmacists can treat the standing order as a verbal order for Medical Assistance recipients. PA Medical Assistance will make payment for naloxone for the eligible Medical Assistance recipient. The Medical Assistance copay will not apply. The Evzio Auto-Injector is covered by Medical Assistance, but requires prior authorization. Generic naloxone is covered without the need for prior authorization. there is no limit to the number of fills that can be obtained. The Fee-for-Service Program will post information related to billing for naloxone on the DHS Pharmacy Services website Pharmacies will need to contact each MCO individually to obtain information about their billing procedures.
Please see this helpful chart which references payer coverage as best we know it. Please be sure to always verify for current information. This chart is only for initial reference only, please click here to access..
Understanding the Standing Order
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Get Trained! Make Sure Your Patients Are Trained!
Be a Community Advocate
Go out in the community and talk about naloxone, why it is important, and how to administer. See Patient Resources below for some materials to utilize.
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Related CE Programs on Naloxone and/or Substance Abuse from PPA
This series covers a variety of tools and resources for prescribers and dispensers to better address opioid addiction with their patients.
Billing and Insurance Issues
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Prescribe to Prevent website has some good information around prescribing and dispensing of naloxone, as well as some flyers to use with patients.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) features an Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit as well as some helpful information.
Allegheny County Health Department has a number of useful tools especially to use with patients.
Resources are also available at these websites:
Prevention Point - Pittsburgh: www.pppgh.org
Prevention Point - Philadelphia: www.ppponline.org
Overdose Free PA: www.overdosefreepa.pitt.edu/
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