Walmart to restrict opioids to 7-day supply for some
09 May, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Otis Hoffman
The plan, which will occur at the pharmacies for every location in the United States and Puerto Rico, matches the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for opioid use.
Walmart and Sam's Club are implementing several new measures to combat the opioid epidemic, chief among them a new policy that limits new prescriptions for acute pain to a seven-day supply and no more, the retail giant announced this week.
Walmart Inc announced Monday that it will restrict opioids prescriptions at all its pharmacies in Walmart and Sam's Club stores nationwide.
Further, as of January 1, 2020, Walmart and Sam's Club will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances. The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable". &ldquoWe are pleased to execute these policies and initiatives because we work to generate solutions that address this crucial issue facing both the patients and communities we function. Many have found that overprescribing is often a culprit, as it increases the amount of opioids in circulation, thereby increasing the potential for addiction.
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In states allowing access, the company's pharmacists will have access to and use the controlled-substance tracking tool, which helps pharmacists make dispensing decisions and provides real-time interstate visibility. The CDC also notes that patients who are prescribed higher dosages are more likely to die from an overdose. They will complete a pain managementcurriculum by the end of August.
Florida's law, which was passed this year as part of a larger bill, puts a three-day limit on opioids prescribed for patients with acute pain. Additionally, Sam's Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies. Several other companies have also been making similar efforts to help mitigate the opioid epidemic. "I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands", said Sen.
The Bentonville, Ark. -based company operates more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries, as well as ecommerce websites.
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