California: Now available: CalRx-branded naloxone
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~ Sacramento, California - In a major step towards tackling the fentanyl and opioid crises, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that CalRx-branded naloxone is now available for purchase or distribution in the state. This move is part of Governor Newsom's Master Plan for Tackling the Fentanyl and Opioid Crises, which aims to combat the overdose epidemic through various measures.

The CalRx brand, which represents California's innovation, business acumen, and compassion, will now be seen on over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone HCL nasal spray. This product will be available for free to eligible organizations through the Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP), thanks to a contract between the state and Amneal Pharmaceuticals. For individuals who are not eligible for free distribution, CalRx is also working on an option to purchase the OTC naloxone nasal spray directly.

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According to Governor Newsom, "The CalRx brand is more than just a logo; it's a way to show that the state cares. By making life-saving drugs more affordable, we are stretching our dollars further and making them accessible to more people."

Eligible entities can obtain CalRx OTC naloxone HCL nasal spray for free through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Naloxone Distribution Project. For those looking to purchase the product at a discounted price of $24 per twin-pack, they can do so by visiting CalRx's Get Naloxone website.

Since its creation, the NDP has distributed over 4.4 million units of naloxone and saved over 277,000 lives. In May alone, approximately 24,000 units were purchased by the state resulting in savings of $415,000.

California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated that "By making naloxone widely available and affordable, we are empowering communities and saving lives. This is a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to tackle the opioid crisis head-on."

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The availability of CalRx-branded naloxone nasal spray is a significant move towards reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in California. Naloxone is capable of swiftly and effectively reversing opioid overdoses, making it a critical component in harm reduction services.

Governor Newsom's Master Plan for Tackling the Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis also includes the CalRx Biosimilar Insulin Initiative, which aims to bring this life-saving drug to market as soon as possible. The state's partnership with Civica has a clear path forward after recent meetings with the US FDA.

In addition, Governor Newsom recently launched Opioids.CA.GOV, a one-stop-shop for Californians seeking resources around prevention and treatment. This website is part of California's all-hands-on-deck approach to combatting the overdose epidemic.

California's efforts to use its market power as the 5th largest economy in the world to save lives and make healthcare more affordable are commendable. More information about CalRx can be found on their website.

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