NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Naloxone in Primary Care

We previously highlighted advice for acute services on supply of take home doses for naloxone for patients at risk of drug overdose. There is no change to this arrangement.


In the community, addictions services have until now supplied naloxone directly to patients receiving overdose awareness training. From June 2016, Community Addiction Teams (CATs), Drug Services and GP Shared Care prescribers will prescribe naloxone 2mg/2ml pre-filled syringes on GP10, HBPA and relevant non-medical prescription pads to patients at future risk of opioid overdose.  Patients will still receive overdose awareness training before being issued a prescription.


The prescriptions will be written as Prenoxad® Solution for Injection 2mg/2ml to ensure the correct product is supplied. This is the only licensed product containing needles and patient information for lay administration.


Community pharmacists have been sent additional information to support dispensing. Any questions should be routed to the Addictions Service Pharmacy Team (0141 800 0660).


Published July 6th 2016