Walmart Limiting Opioid Prescription Stock To Strict 7-Day Supply In-Store

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Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies have been set to restrict clients' opioid prescriptions to some source, together with around A50 morphine milligram equal utmost per day, the business said in a information release.

By 2020, the company said that it would require e-prescriptions for controlled substances because there are fewer errors with this format.

Walmart Inc announced Monday that it will restrict opioids prescriptions at all its pharmacies in Walmart and Sam's Club stores nationwide. 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. Now, pharmacists can also counsel patients on how to use DisposeRx and distribute an opioid awareness brochure outlining risks and helpful resources. However, it is not immediately clear whether Walmart's seven-day limit will be adequate to have a marked effect. In January, Walmart said it would start giving patients filling opioid prescriptions a packet of powder to help them get rid of leftover medication. Aetna said in December it would waive copays for Narcan, a brand name for the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone, and would limit first-time opioid prescriptions.

The stores are also providing additional education and training for their pharmacists on opioids and noloxone. This would allow patients to dispose off of their unused opioids safely at home.

In 2017, CVS announced that it would enact a seven-day limit for opioid prescriptions for certain conditions and new patients.

Walmart's pharmacy chain is the fourth largest and in the next two months it is set to cap acute painkiller supplies not to be dispensed for over seven days at a time. 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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