Naloxone Access: Answering Questions
Virtual Public Meeting 
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
12:30 – 3 PM Eastern Time

Drug overdose persists as a major public health issue in the United States, killing 100,000 people from May 2020-April 2021. That’s the highest recorded number of overdose deaths in a 12-month period in the US according to the CDC. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, were the primary driver of the increase in overdose deaths.

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hosted a virtual public meeting to explore some of the most frequently asked questions about access to naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses. Harm reduction specialists, physicians, pharmacists, and regulators shared their experiences in addressing the availability of this life-saving medication for heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid overdose.


Watch the full event below. 


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Moderated by Susan C. Winckler, RPh, Esq., Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA 

12:30 pm Welcome
12:35 pm Opening Remarks 
Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
12:40 pm

Current Landscape of Naloxone Access

  • Josh Bolin, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • Marta Sokolowska, PhD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina
  • Bobby Mukkamala, MD, American Medical Association
  • Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD, The University of Rhode Island
2 pm Public Comment
Members of the public may register ahead of time to provide two minutes of oral comments. (Limited to 30 speakers)
3 pm Adjourn

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Speaker Biographies