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Passing: Islander Who Developed Anti-Overdose Drug

Passing: Islander Who Developed Anti-Overdose Drug

Remsenburg - (WALK) A Long Island research scientist is being remembered for his life-saving creation: the anti-overdose drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Jack Fishman and colleagues developed Naloxone in the 1960s and it is widely used today as an antidote to overdoses by drugs including heroin, codeine and Oxycontin.  Naloxone is included on the World Health Organization's "Model Lists of Essential Medicines." Fishman died December 7 at his home in Remsenburg at the age of 83. Family members did not say what caused his death.

Fishman was born in  Krakow, Poland in 1930 and reportedly fled Nazis with his family at the age of eight to settle in China.  He came to the U.S. in 1948, and studied chemistry at Yeshiva College and later became a professor at Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Among honors in his career, Fishman was a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Science Foundation, among other organizations.

Fishman is survived by a brother, five children and 10 grand children.


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