Walmart to provide only 7 days' worth of opioids for some patients

09 May, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • The move is one of the strongest by a retailer in a bid to curb the opioid epidemic that has plagued the United States. The supply limit will begin within the next 60 days Walmart said

In a press release, Walmart describes the new policy as applying to "initial acute" prescriptions and one that is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines.

Walmart Inc. says it will take more steps to reduce opioid medication abuse and misuse.

The company announcing that within 60 days, it will only fill first-time acute opioid prescriptions for seven days or less nationwide.

Additionally, from January 20 20, Walmart pharmacies may require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, as they have "recognized to become prone to errors, they can not be changed or copied and so are trackable". The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable". In January, Walmart said it would start giving patients filling opioid prescriptions a packet of powder to help them get rid of leftover medication. As a result, Walmart will implement new opioid training for its expansive roster of pharmacists.

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Walmart also said it would use NarxCare, a tool that analyzes real-time controlled substance data from Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

Plus, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacists will continue to recommend the overdose reversal drug naloxone, which is available over the counter in some states, to customers who may be at risk of an overdose. This was partially fueled by the fact that some users may not realize that they are taking synthetic opioids. Existing pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time. These guidelines suggest that clinicians should prescribe the "lowest effective dose" of opioids to treat pain, as its abuse often stems from such treatment. The e-prescriptions are deemed to minimize error and prevent prescription frauds. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide.

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