Naloxone, the life-saving drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available in BC without a prescription.
Health Canada revised the Federal Prescription Drug List on March 22, 2016 to make a non-prescription version of naloxone more accessible to Canadians in support of efforts to address the growing number of opioid overdoses.
To make non-prescription naloxone available in BC, the College of Pharmacists of BC amended BC’s Drug Schedules Regulation to classify non-prescription naloxone as a Schedule II drug. As a result, BC is one of the first provinces in Canada to make non-prescription naloxone available.
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