Dear Florida Pharmacists and Pharmacies:
Today following Governor Scott’s Executive Order declaring the opioid epidemic a state of emergency in Florida, Dr. Philip, State Surgeon General, declared a public health emergency and issued a naloxone standing order for emergency responders. http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17146.pdf
The order authorizes pharmacists who maintain a current active license practicing in a pharmacy located in Florida that maintains a current active pharmacy permit to dispense naloxone to emergency responders for administration to persons exhibiting signs of opioid overdose. Emergency responders include law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
The pharmacy must maintain a copy of the Naloxone Standing Order if dispensing naloxone pursuant to the order.
Incorporated in the Naloxone Standing Order is the expectation that the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit Five Essential Steps for First Responders be followed.
If you have any questions, please contact Board of Pharmacy staff at (850) 245-4292.
Erica White, MBA, JD