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Getting Naloxone from a Pharmacy

Information for community members about how to get naloxone, known commonly by the brand name NARCAN®, to help prevent overdose deaths.

How?

Naloxone rescue kits are available at many pharmacies across the state, with or without prescriptions.

There are two ways to get a naloxone rescue kit from a pharmacy:

  1. Obtain a prescription from your healthcare provider and have it filled at your preferred pharmacy. The pharmacy can dispense it and bill your insurance, like they would for any other prescription.
  2. Go directly to a pharmacy and request a naloxone kit. A prescription from your doctor is not needed. The Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a statewide standing order that allows retail pharmacies to dispense naloxone without a prescription. All Massachusetts retail pharmacies licensed by the Board of Pharmacy must maintain a continuous, sufficient supply of naloxone rescue kits.
    • Policy No. 2020-07
    • MassHealth covers the cost of naloxone for members, as do many other insurers.

Call or visit your local pharmacy to find out more. When you go to the pharmacy to get a rescue kit under the standing order, all you need is your insurance card and preferred payment method.

When at the pharmacy, tell the pharmacist or pharmacy tech you want naloxone (or NARCAN®). Since there are a few different types of naloxone, make sure to tell the pharmacist which formulation you prefer.

Ask about the cost or co-pay before they fill the order. Insurance coverage and co-pay costs vary. Keep in mind that generic formulations tend to be less expensive for consumers that are paying out-of-pocket. You should then be given a naloxone rescue kit, your insurance will be billed, and you will pay any co-pay costs.

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