WARNING: Narcan (Naloxone) is a life-saving antidote that when administered to an individual experiencing an opioid or heroin overdose, can literally reverse the process. However, recently, a national recall was issued on Naloxone.
Vermont, amongst many other states nationwide credits naloxone for saving a multitude of lives every year. However, recently, the health department learned there was a problem, not with the medication, but the device used to administer naloxone.
After numerous reports that the atomizer device is malfunctioning, the manufacturer issued a nationwide recall on the device. The atomizer is the top portion of the device that’s supposed to turn the liquid into a mist. Faulty devices are shooting a stream of naloxone liquid into the nose, making the heroin overdose reversal process much less effective.
In June, 2016, the state of Vermont switched over and started using a new FDA approved version of the nasal spray. It’s allegedly more effective and reduces costs at the same time. This newer delivery system is not affected by the national naloxone recall and does not require any assembly.
While a national recall was issued, the health department is worried that pharmacies, first responders and other organizations may still possess the older, defective version. Those who have not yet switched over to the new, properly functioning naloxone device are strongly encouraged to do so now.
According to health officials, 60% of the nation is still using the older, malfunctioning version. Vermont has ordered a large quantity of the new device to ensure it can meet the demand for their state and others.
Naloxone Recall Video
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