Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Walmart to alter opioid prescription policies at its pharmacies

Walmart tightening its opioid policies Walmart Restricts Opioid Prescriptions To A 7-Day Supply: Will Other Pharmacies Also Do This?
Alonzo Parks | 09 May, 2018, 00:58

Walmart's new policy aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for opioid use.

The new measures are an extension of Walmart's efforts to fight the United States opioid epidemic. In an effort to continue to be a part of the solution, Walmart is introducing new programs, tools and policies that will be aimed at addressing the critical issues faced by the patients & communities.

USA Today reports Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will also comply with laws in some states requiring opioid supplies to last less than a week.

The press release also said that the company plans to require e-prescriptions for controlled substances by 2020, which makes it more hard for the prescriptions to be altered or copied.

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CVS Health said in September that it would limit opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies for new patients with particular acute conditions. The company says e-prescriptions can't be altered or copied and are less prone to errors. Also, pharmacists will recommend naloxone for patients who might be at risk for overdose, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will receive the packet every six months.

The company will conduct additional training and education on opioid stewardship for its pharmacists, including a pain management curriculum.

Wal Mart Inc. announced Monday that the retail giant will begin to confine opioid prescriptions within an Attempt to help stem the mortal medication outbreak. "Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost". But unlike Walmart's NarxCare, the prescription drug monitoring programs are limited to the boundaries of each state. Each week, almost 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites.

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