Kroger will sell Narcan nasal spray in its Dallas and Houston stores, without the need of a prescription.
Narcan has been created by Adapt Pharma Inc., to deliver the appropriate amount of antidote to someone who is suffering from an overdose of an opioid. With changes to Texas law, the nasal spray (naloxone HCI 4mg) can be purchased without a prescription at Kroger's 101 pharmacies in Dallas and 105 pharmacies in Houston. The over-the-counter availability is designed to reduce accidental drug overdose-related deaths.
"By adding naloxone to our daily portfolio of health care products and services, our pharmacists have the opportunity to help save lives," Marlene Stewart, president of Kroger's Houston Division, said.
This reform will be made possible thanks to the partnership between Kroger and the Texas Pharmacy Association, a connection that will help Kroger pharmacists recognize when someone needs the medication or when they are endangering themselves through drug abuse.
"We're excited to partner with Kroger to help make this life-saving medication available to as many people as possible," Texas Pharmacy Association CEO Joe DaSilva said.