Albertsons pharmacy technicians first in Idaho trained to prescribe naloxone

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Albertsons pharmacy technicians first in Idaho trained to prescribe naloxone

By David Salazar - 07/02/2019
As a new Idaho law allowing pharmacy technicians to prescribe naloxone takes effect, Albertsons announced that its Boise-area pharmacy technicians are the first in the state who have been trained to do so.

The law, signed in February, makes Idaho the first state in the nation to add pharmacy technicians to the ranks of pharmacists, physicians and nurse practitioners in being able to prescribe the opioid overdose reversal drug. Idaho Gov. Brad Little also issued an executive order creating an advisory group in the state to guide healthcare decisions and strategies related to opioid misuse.

“Idaho is leading other states in the steps we are taking to expand access to this critical medication and in our efforts to address the opioid crisis,” Little said. “Training pharmacy technicians and all health professionals to prescribe naloxone further reaches our underserved and rural communities. Albertsons has been a key partner in increasing the scope of practice for both pharmacists and technicians to continue improving access to beneficial and lifesaving medications.”

Albertsons has trained eight pharmacy technicians in the Boise metropolitan area, with plans to train more statewide in the coming months. Procedures for dispensing naloxone include a private consultation with a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to help determine a patient’s eligibility, training on administration and expectations, as well as notification of their primary care provider when appropriate, Albertsons said.

“Our pharmacy teams are on the frontlines of fighting opioid misuse, so we welcome the opportunity to expand our efforts in outreach, education, and naloxone dispensing,” said Mark Panzer, Albertsons senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “With a 163% increase in deaths from opioid overdoses in Idaho over the last decade, adding these newly trained caring professionals to our current efforts couldn’t come soon enough. It directly supports our promise to serve and improve the health and wellness of our customers and patients.”