Big Y pharmacies to offer naloxone without prescription

  • OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.  Los Angeles Times/TNS/Liz O. Baylen

Published: 10/3/2017 10:49:03 AM

One of New England’s largest independently owned supermarket chains will offer naloxone without a prescription in all of its pharmacy locations.

Big Y announced this week that its 39 pharmacies and wellness centers will carry the opioid overdose reversal drug. Pharmacists at the various locations are trained to assist patients and their family members on how to recognize the signs of an overdose and administer naloxone.

“The ability to now offer naloxone without a prescription to our patients and their families is just another way we can help them prevent an accidental overdose, save lives and allow our patients the opportunity to see long-term treatment,” said Nicole D’Amour Schneider, Big Y’s director of pharmacy, in a statement.

Other pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens already offer naloxone without a written prescription.


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