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Pharmacist counseling when dispensing naloxone by standing order: a secret shopper study of 4 chain pharmacies.

Contreras J, Baus C, Brandt C, et al. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2020;Epub Nov 7.

Naloxone administration is used to mitigate the effects of opioid overdose. The FDA recommends health care professionals educate patients about naloxone when prescribing opioid medications. In this audit of community pharmacists, researchers found that naloxone counseling commonly often excluded concepts important to patient safety, such as assessment of opioid misuse or abuse, possible adverse effects, and naloxone storage.