DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse,
Walgreens today announced it has expanded the availability of naloxone,
a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, without requiring a
physician’s prescription to all of its New Mexico pharmacies, in
accordance with state pharmacy regulations.
Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 70
Walgreens pharmacies throughout New Mexico. Previously, the medication
was available without a physician’s prescription at Walgreens only in
parts of the state. Naloxone can be used in the event of an overdose to
reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered
by injection or nasal spray.
“By making naloxone available without requiring a prescription, we are
making it easier for New Mexico families and caregivers to help their
loved ones in need,” said Brian Sizemore, Walgreens Regional Healthcare
Director in New Mexico. “We are committed to making naloxone more
accessible in the communities we serve.”
In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available
without requiring a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in
accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Since its
announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in
more than 1,500 Walgreens pharmacies throughout the states of Alabama,
Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and
eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for
dispensing of naloxone without a prescription. When implementation of
the program is complete, naloxone will be available without requiring a
prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.
“By signing SB 262, Governor Martinez took an important step to
increasing access to naloxone in New Mexico. Now, Walgreens expansion of
medications access in northern New Mexico and throughout the state will
make it easier for families to help their loved ones suffering from
addiction,” State Senator Richard Martinez said.
“I hope everyone who is on opioid therapy or who has a family member who
is on opioid therapy for pain control will obtain nasal naloxone–lives
will surely be saved,” State Representative Terry McMillan said.
Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. In 2014, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055
drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That
is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since
When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to
administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not
a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the
medication should seek immediate medical attention.
one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail
Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA),
the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More
than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities
across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health
and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores
with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes
Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and
VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic
and provider practice locations around the country.