PQMD members Direct Relief and Pfizer partner to provide Naloxone nationwide

PQMD members Direct Relief and Pfizer partnered to donate up to 1 million doses of naloxone, used to reverse drug overdoses, to free health clinics, community health centers, public health departments and other not-for-profit providers nationwide.

Naloxone prescriptions increased from 2.8 million in 2009 to 3.2 million in 2015. Demand has increased as opioid-related overdoses has climbed in recent years. Direct Relief found that many providers were having trouble keeping naloxone in stock.

Direct Relief began delivering the Pfizer-donated naloxone in March 2017, and prioritized areas with high rates of overdoses and those areas where naloxone education and training programs were already in place. In all, more than 36,000 doses of naloxone were distributed to healthcare facilities in 38 states.

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