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Emergency responder with medical kitLocal government buyers have increasingly been reaching out to the Operational Services Division (OSD) about the availability of naloxone on Statewide Contract. As you may know, naloxone, the generic version of Narcan®, is a medication to reverse the effects of overdoses from heroin or other opioids. OSD is pleased to offer naloxone under Statewide Contract MED38 and provides, below, instructions to facilitate its order and delivery. Attorney General Maura Healey’s November 25, 2015, press release outlines additional monetary supports that may reduce the price of naloxone even further.

OSD does not oversee the pharmacy elements or legal requirements of naloxone purchasing, distribution, and dispensing/administration. The following guidance has been developed in consultation with Executive Office of Health and Human Services offices: the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Drug Control Program (DCP), and the State Office of Pharmacy Services (SOPS), which oversee these elements.

Guidance To Obtain Naloxone

There are prescribed actions local government organizations must undertake and complete to obtain and allow their public employees to administer naloxone:

  1. File the Application for Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration form to obtain a Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration, which must be in place before naloxone is purchased. View the associated regulations, 105 CMR 700.000.
  2. The method for purchasing naloxone depends upon the availability of a medical facility with a DEA and State licensed pharmacy:
    a. Purchasing organizations that have a municipal medical facility with a DEA and State licensed pharmacy may purchase naloxone directly from Statewide Contract MED38.* An account must be set up with the Statewide Contract vendor, Cardinal Health. Please refer to the MED38 Contract User Guide for ordering instructions and Cardinal contact information.**
    b. Purchasing organizations that do not have availability of a licensed municipal pharmacy may purchase naloxone from Statewide Contract MED38 through designated personnel at the State Office of Pharmacy Services, who accept naloxone purchasing requests and payments, and will forward shipments to the locations designated by the purchasing organization.** Naloxone purchase requests may be forwarded to the following individuals at the State Office of Pharmacy Services:
Edward Cavallari Edward.Cavallari@massmail.state.ma.us 978-858-2153
Elizabeth Landers Elizabeth.Landers@state.ma.us 978-858-2104
Alki Nacopoulos Alkiviadis.Nacopoulos@state.ma.us 978-858-2101
Donald Rogers Donald.P.Rogers@state.ma.us 978-858-2114

 

* Executive Branch agencies must use COMMBUYS to document their purchases. Eligible entities, including local government organizations, are encouraged to become a COMMBUYS purchasing organization. Email the COMMBUYS Enablement Team at COMMBUYSEnablement@state.ma.us to learn more.
** Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration must be in force before naloxone may be purchased.

Associated Resources

• Refer questions about Statewide Contract MED38 to Peter Etzel, OSD Strategic Sourcing Lead, at Peter.Etzel@state.ma.us.
• Read Attorney General Maura Healey’s November 25, 2015, press release on this topic.
• Read the Executive Office of Health and Human Services – Department of Public Health memorandum on the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Program.
• Access the Frequently Asked Questions about the Bulk Purchase Trust Fund document.
• Direct questions regarding Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration (MCSR) to Jonathan Mundy at Jonathan.Mundy@state.ma.us.
• Contact Sarah Ruiz at Sarah.Ruiz@state.ma.us for information and questions regarding naloxone training.

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