FDA OKs 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug
Prescription pills containing oxycodone and acetaminophen are shown in Toronto on December 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press
Published Monday, April 22, 2019 1:28AM EDT
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.