Closed consultation

Proposal to allow wider access to naloxone for use in emergencies

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Detail of feedback received

We received a total of 122 responses by the closing date of the consultation. 118 were in support of the proposals contained in the consultation letter. The remainder did not object, they did not answer the question of support clearly.

Respondents came from a wide variety of patient-facing services and representative bodies. Those in contact with injecting drug users included:

  • GPs
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • paramedics
  • drug treatment service and NSP staff managers in the NHS and voluntary sector
  • prisons
  • family members
  • friends and carers
  • hostel staff and managers
  • trainers and researchers

Among those broader bodies supporting the proposals were:

  • Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, Pharmacy Voice and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • NHS England health and criminal justice reference group
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • National Needle Exchange Forum
  • Scottish Drugs Forum

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

The MHRA is asking for feedback on a proposal to allow wider access to naloxone for the purpose of saving life in an emergency.

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Consultation description

The MHRA is asking for feedback to a proposal to allow wider access to naloxone for the purpose of saving life in an emergency. This would be achieved by an amendment of the Human Use Regulations 2012. The proposal is aimed at reducing deaths from heroin overdoses. The consultation document has been jointly produced by the UK Health Departments and the MHRA.