FDA Approves Emergency Life Saving Treatment for Fatal OverdosesNarcan, being called a “miracle drug”, bringing fatal heroin overdose victims “back to life”.
“I was holding him in my arms and he basically died...He was starting to turn blue, he wasn't breathing. He was gasping for breath. Paramedics were carrying the drug, Naloxone Generic for Narcan).Within five minutes they came back in and said he was awake. He’s now in recovery”. said the victim’s dad, after his son fatally overdosed on heroin.
On April 3, 2014, The FDA announced in a press release its approval of the “Evizo” injection. The mobile hand-held auto-injector for treatment of potentially fatal heroin overdoses. The injector rapidly delivers a lifesaving drug into a victim who is suffering from a fatal overdose of heroin or other opioid. It’s been approved for use by family members and caregivers for emergency treatment. Physicians, Hospitals, Paramedics and other qualified health care professionals were primarily the only ones who had access to the drug for administration.
Evizo (naloxone hydrochloride injection) is a hand-held portable device that delivers the drug Narcan into the victim’s blood stream. The drug is known by its brand name “Narcan”, and its generic name “Naloxone”.
Police are often the first responders to an overdose situation, and they have found that the patient was not surviving until Paramedics arrived, or until the patient reached the Emergency Rooms.
It’s been used in pilot programs in Police Agencies throughout the country, and proven effective in 95% of the cases for which it was used. Narcan or Naloxone works to reverse heroin or opiate overdoses almost immediately. This enables heroin overdose patients to survive long enough until specialized emergency medical treatment can be obtained at an emergency room or hospital.
Narcan or Naloxone has not, however, been effective for reversing any other types of overdoses such as cocaine or ecstasy. Its benefits are isolated only to heroin and other opioids in its classification.
In light of the expedited processing granted by FDA, Evizo will be available by prescription at pharmacies throughout the country in June 2014. http://blog.novakazlaw.com/2014/04/fda-approves-emergency-life-saving-treatment-for-potentially-fatal-overdoes/http://blog.novakazlaw.com/2014/04/fda-approves-emergency-life-saving-treatment-for-potentially-fatal-overdoes/Additional Resources and more on these stories
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