Teva gets FDA approval for 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug
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Teva gets FDA approval for 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug

Israeli pharmaceutical company secures green light from US regulators for its version of Narcan

A Narcan nasal device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in Brooklyn, New York, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A Narcan nasal device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in Brooklyn, New York, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

AP — US regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave the go-ahead to the naloxone spray from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the US since 2016 under the brand name Narcan. Pharmacists can dispense it without a prescription. It is also sold as a generic or brand-name drug in automatic injectors, prefilled syringes and vials.

A pack of two Narcan nasal sprays cost about $130 to $150 without insurance. Teva didn’t immediately provide the product’s price or when it will be available; its offices were closed Friday.

More than 47,600 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2017, a toll that has been rising for two decades.

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