IPC Florida Members: Important Announcement from the Florida Pharmacy Association

May 08, 2017

Governor Rick Scott Issues Emergency Order On Opioid Epidemic

Naloxene Standing Order Issued by Florida Surgeon General

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaring a national opioid epidemic, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 17-146 directing a Public Health Emergency across the state. By signing the Emergency Order, it will allow the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Opioid State Targeted Response Grant which was awarded to Florida on April 21 to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services. 

Simultaneously, Dr. Celeste Philip, Florida Surgeon General declared a public health emergency and issued a naloxone standing order for emergency responders.  

The order authorizes pharmacists who maintain a current active license practicing in a pharmacy located in Florida that maintains a current active pharmacy permit to dispense naloxone to emergency responders for administration to persons exhibiting signs of opioid overdose. Emergency responders include law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. 

The pharmacy must maintain a copy of the Naloxone Standing Order if dispensing naloxone pursuant to the order.  You can download a copy of that standing order at this link.