Walmart tightening up opioid prescription policies

11 May, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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The company said the limits will go into effect within 60 days at all Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the United State and Puerto Rico.

We have a comprehensive program with policies, programs and tools aimed at helping to curb opioid abuse and misuse.

The new restrictions follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to USA Today, CVS Health similarly said in September that it would limit initial acute opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies for new patients.

Walmart is also pledging to require patients to use e-prescriptions for any controlled substances by 2020, which they said are easier to track and make script forgeries or alterations hard. Along with reducing the risk of errors, e-prescriptions can not be altered or copied and are electronically trackable, according to the company.


Walmart Inc announced Monday that it will restrict opioids prescriptions at all its pharmacies in Walmart and Sam's Club stores nationwide.

'We are taking action in the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic, ' said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Health & Wellness and Consumables, Walmart US. In addition, where allowed by state law, pharmacies will have naloxone behind the counter and ready to dispense upon request.

The modernized pharmacy guidelines come four months after Walmart said it would provide clients who were advised opioid prescriptions per packet of powder to dispose of extra medication.

Still, these policies may be hard to enforce across the spectrum of conditions for which patients are prescribed opioids, and it does not appear that the changes will apply to existing prescriptions or sufferers of chronic pain. One possible pharmacy that could do this is Walgreens.

The company believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.

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