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FDA OKs 1st Generic Nasal Spray of Overdose Reversal Drug

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer
Created: April 19, 2019 02:23 PM

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.
    
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday OK'd naloxone spray from Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals.
    
Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the U.S. since 2016 under the brand name Narcan. Pharmacists can dispense it without a prescription. It is also sold as a generic or brand-name drug in automatic injectors, prefilled syringes and vials.
    
A pack of two Narcan nasal sprays cost about $130 to $150 without insurance. Teva didn't immediately provide the product's price or when it will be available; its offices were closed Friday.
    
More than 47,600 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2017, a toll that has been rising for two decades.
 

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LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer

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