2016-12-05 / State/Regional

Pharmacists express confusion about overdose medication law

ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUGUSTA (AP) - Members of Maine’s Board of Pharmacy say they’re confused about the legislative intent behind a bill aimed at letting pharmacists sell an opiate overdose reversal drug over the counter.

Board members say that they want more clarification from lawmakers as they begin to draft rules around dispensing naloxone, often known by its brand name Narcan.

The law gave the Board of Pharmacy until summer 2017 to crate rules for pharmacists to sell Narcan to people without a prescription.

Board members recently met to discuss the rules and some say the law has mixed messages. Board President Joe Bruno says there is language in the law that appears to authorize methods for dispensing Narcan that are already allowed.

Lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bill.

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