Amplicare’s Naloxone Intervention Report identifies every patient at your pharmacy that has recently filled two or more C2 opioids, each with more than a nine-day supply. This allows you to keep track of which patients can benefit from having naloxone readily available in their homes.
Best practices for addressing naloxone opportunities
Set up Amplicare Assist
Most pharmacists address naloxone intervention opportunities by leveraging Amplicare Assist, which streamlines patient-specific notifications right into the pharmacy system.
Once you have installed Assist, you will see a notification pop up in your pharmacy system when you are either searching or filling for a patient who, based on their medication list, could benefit from being prescribed naloxone.
Print a Handout
Address the opportunity by printing a handout for your patient to educate them on what naloxone is and why it is important to have.
Then, put the handout in their prescription bag to take home when they visit the pharmacy.
Consult with Your Patients
We highly recommend having a conversation with your patients about naloxone to make sure they are aware it is available without a patient-specific prescription. Patients should know how it important it is to have naloxone handy in case of emergencies.
One barrier you may face to dispensing naloxone is the medication’s high cost. Be aware that patients may refuse your suggestion of naloxone because it is not covered by insurance or the copays are unaffordable. Another obstacle to dispensing naloxone is the sensitivity of the subject. Conversations may be difficult to start as patients can become offended at your suggestion. One way to safely approach this topic is to compare naloxone to an EpiPen, a medication prescribed in a preventative measure to treat severe allergic reactions in emergency situations.
If you are dispensing naloxone to your patients, most states’s standing orders require that you educate your patients following their specific protocols (call your state’s health department for more information). Below is a generic guideline to follow that explains what naloxone is and how to identify and handle an opioid emergency.
- Opioid antagonist
- Works in 2-5 minutes
- Lasts 30-90 minutes
Signs of an overdose or opioid emergency:
- Slow or stopped breathing
- Blue fingernails or lips
Overdose response steps:
- Call 911
- How to administer naloxone
- Stay with person
Additional information may include:
- Risk factors of overdose or opioid emergency (using alone, mixing substances, changes in tolerance)
- Good Samaritan law
Complete Naloxone Opportunity
After you have consulted with your patient, it is important to complete the opportunity in their profile on Amplicare. Keep track of those who you have already addressed already via the Completed tab on top right of the page in your Naloxone Intervention report. Remember, you can still complete a patient’s opportunity even if they did not want to purchase the naloxone!
To initiate a widespread outreach campaign targeted to patients who would benefit from naloxone, create a custom call campaign with Amplicare Connect!