Do you have the lifesaving, overdose-reversal drug Narcan® stowed in your medicine cabinet? If so, you should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the extension of Narcan's® shelf life from 24 to 36 months.
That means, if you received Narcan® nasal spray from the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) or another source, it now has an expiration date 12 months longer than indicated on the package. The FDA has approved this extended expiration date after completing a comprehensive review of data, which included all versions of Narcan®. Narcan® is the brand name for the drug naloxone.
Changing your expiration dates
COCA advises you to manually change the expiration date on containers of Narcan® stored in your home or business. To do so, find the original expiration date on your Narcan® box. Above that date, write a new expiration date that adds 12 months to the original date. For example, if the expiration date is 1/21, write 1/22 as the new expiration date.