CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve a nasal spray that can treat heroin overdoses in an emergency.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports a drug called Naloxone, or Narcan – made by Lake Forest-based Hospira – can reverse the effects of an overdose, and can be given through the nose.
The drug has been approved for use via a syringe, but Kirk said some people aren’t comfortable injecting the drug.
“The problem that we have is that the nasal version of Narcan is not yet approved by the FDA. When I talked to the president of Hospira, he said that the approval of Narcan for general use in this area is coming from the FDA in seven to eight years,” Kirk said.