Walmart Takes Further Opioid Action

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Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will soon limit patients to no more than seven days' worth of opioids for certain prescriptions.

Walmart says this policy is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for opioid use.

Walmart announced on Monday that within 60 days, it will only fill first-time acute opioid prescriptions for seven days or less nationwide.

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Walmart intends to roll-out newer restrictions on opioid prescriptions in the summertime, while also announcing that they will require e-prescriptions come 2020. E-prescriptions are proven to be less prone to errors, they can not be altered or copied 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.

With deaths from opioid overdoses reaching new highs, Walmart and Sam's Club are taking action to help cut down the abuse of these drugs across the nation.

It also said that by the end of August 2018 in states where permitted, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacists will have access to and use the controlled substance tracking tool, NarxCare, to help them make dispensing decisions. In addition, where allowed by state law, pharmacies will have naloxone behind the counter and ready to dispense upon request.

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Pharmacists also will undergo a pain management curriculum, using the CDC's guidelines on pain management to counsel patients.

While experts agree that safe disposal of leftover opioid drugs is an important measure to fight the epidemic, they point out that plenty of options for the safe tossing of painkillers already exist. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be offered a free DisposeRx packet every six months.

The company believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution. The company explained that online prescriptions will help prevent prescription fraud and minimize error.

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