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A standing order is a medical order that authorizes the dispensing of a medication, like naloxone, to any person who meets criteria designated by the prescriber.

North Carolina’s standing order, signed by North Carolina’s State Health Director, authorizes any pharmacist practicing in the state of North Carolina and licensed by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy to dispense naloxone to any person who meets certain criteria.

North Carolina’s Standing Order for Naloxone

The statewide standing order signed by the North Carolina State Health Director does not expire. It will be renewed upon change in the State Health Director or updated if any relevant information regarding naloxone administration becomes available. If local standing orders specify an expiration date, they should be reviewed and updated in accordance with the order.