As recently advised the Take Home Naloxone (THN) Pilot, which commenced from 1 December 2019, will run for an additional four months to 30 June 2021.
As you are aware when medicines are manufactured, by law they have to be given an expiry date. This is the date after which they are not expected to be as effective as they should.
In line with the relevant best practice guidelines and professional standards patients should be encouraged to check their medicines regularly and dispose of any that are out of date or no longer needed. In line with existing processes patients should be encouraged to take any expired or unwanted medicines to their pharmacy for safe disposal, with further information available at https://www.tga.gov.au/safe-disposal-unwanted-medicines
If discussing the provision of Naloxone, and the person indicates they already have Naloxone, please remind them to check the expiry date (and to get a new one if it’s out of date).
We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2021 on this important program.