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Recent changes to Naloxone in B.C.'s Drug Schedules

posted April 6, 2016

Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to treat opioid overdoses.  On March 22, 2016, Health Canada changed the Federal Prescription Drug list to allow for non-prescription naloxone.  As a result, the College of Pharmacists of BC quickly announced updates to the scheduling of naloxone provincially. 

 CRNBC’s current limits and conditions for dispensing, compounding or administering naloxone remain in effect until they are updated to support non-prescription naloxone. We are currently working with stakeholders such as the BC Centre for Disease Control, which manages the BC Take Home Naloxone program, to review our current limits and conditions related to the change in naloxone scheduling. We expect to complete the review and any required updates to the limits and conditions by June 2016, when they will be reviewed by the CRNBC Board.     

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