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Pharmacy Students Help Educate Philly Pharmacists About Naloxone

Students and faculty conduct naloxone outreachPhiladelphia College of Pharmacy students involved in Generation Rx have partnered with Prevention Point Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to conduct outreach to local pharmacists in the Philadelphia neighborhoods with the highest rate of drug overdose, educating them about naloxone.

More than 50 doctor of pharmacy students have volunteered for the program and will conduct outreach to more than 100 community pharmacies, encouraging them to stock and dispense naloxone, a medication that can reverse drug overdoses caused by prescription and illicit opioid drugs.

The students are providing information regarding the State of Pennsylvania’s standing order for naloxone, which allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription from the individual’s doctor. Although pharmacist are able to bill an individual’s insurance when filling naloxone under the standing order, few regularly stock and dispense this life saving medication.  

Sonia Jacob PharmD'20, project coordinator with USciences GenerationRx,  said she wants to help address the perceived barriers many pharmacists face to addressing this major public health crisis to ensure that naloxone is available and distributed to every person who is prescribed an opiate, or anyone who requests this overdose reversing drug. 

George Downs, PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy and dean emeritus of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, who also teaches a course on substance abuse, helped to propel the project through connections made while serving on a subcommittee of The Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia. Dan Ventricelli, MPH, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, also served as advisor for the project. 

The outreach effort was featured on WHYY. Listen to the full story.

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