Pharmacies throughout the state are able to dispense naloxone, a life-saving antidote, to any patient at risk of an opioid overdose or in a position to assist someone in overdose. Naloxone dispensing is permitted through a statewide standing order, signed by Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Meiman, with Governor Scott Walker present, at PSW's Annual Meeting in August. The standing order will increase access to life-saving antidotes in response to the opioid epidemic and was designed through collaborative efforts between PSW and DHS.
PSW has developed an implementation webinar for pharmacies interested in dispensing naloxone under the statewide standing order. The webinar and FAQ discuss the benefits of dispensing naloxone, who is an ideal candidate to be co-prescribed naloxone, DHS resources for identifying candidates and educating patients, and how to sign on to the statewide standing order. Pharmacists are able to acquire CE credit from completing the webinar. Clinical training through the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is still required for naloxone dispensing through the statewide standing order.