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 September 16, 2014    

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Since its establishment in 1869, the California Pharmacists Association continues as the largest state association in the nation representing pharmacists. CPhA's membership covers the entire spectrum of pharmacy practice settings and includes student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The Association's vision is echoed by all CPhA members: A unified pharmacy profession, recognized as preeminent in patient care.

 

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CPhA's Naloxone Access Bill 

Signed by Governor

 

 

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1535 (Bloom), one of CPhA's sponsored bills and a legislative priority.  AB 1535 authorizes pharmacists to furnish naloxone hydrochloride pursuant to a statewide protocol.  This allows pharmacists to furnish naloxone directly to patients who have been prescribed opioid products but do not have a prescription for naloxone, to patients who self-identify a need for naloxone, and individuals who ask for naloxone for potential use on a friend or family member.  California law already allows for the prescribing of naloxone to friends and family members of those who may need an emergency dose, and provides "good Samaritan" protections to laypersons who administer naloxone.  AB 1535 increases access to naloxone by allowing individuals to receive naloxone directly from a pharmacist without having to first obtain a prescription from their physician or other prescriber.

 

"We applaud Governor Brown for prioritizing the reduction of deaths resulting from opioid overdoses," said CPhA CEO Jon R. Roth. "Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers, and are trusted by their patients. Assemblymember Bloom's bill will allow us to furnish this life-saving medication to patients who need it."  CPhA worked with the Drug Policy Alliance to sponsor AB 1535 to help immediately reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in California.  Now that AB 1535 is signed into law, CPhA will work with the Board of Pharmacy to develop a statewide protocol for the furnishing of naloxone.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this process in the coming months.