Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Walmart Announces New Measures to Cut Opioid Abuse

Walmart Announces New Measures to Cut Opioid Abuse

Walmart Inc. announced Monday that the company will introduce new policies to restrict opioid prescriptions at all Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies.

Walmart announced that they will no longer provide more than a seven-day supply of opioids to some customers in an effort to do their part to curb the opioid crisis.

The restrictions on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain will start within the next 60 days, as well as a rule that the drugs would be limited to 50 morphine milligrams a day, Walmart said in a statement.

The company will also require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, though that change won't occur until January 1, 2020.

"I applaud Walmart's decision to proactively implement policies that will change the way they prescribe opioids and improve their prescription verification system", Manchin said.

Earlier this year, the company announced free opioid medication disposal in all its USA pharmacies.

The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that's why we're taking an active role in the fight against our nation's opioid issue - one that has affected so many families and communities across America.

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Walmart is tightening its opioid prescription policies.

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

The opioid-reversal medication naloxone will behind the pharmacy counters of its stores and clubs, dispensing naloxone upon request, where allowed by state law. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be offered a free DisposeRx packet every six months. Additionally, Sam's Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies.

Pharmacists will counsel patients using the CDC's guidelines on pain management, focusing on using the lowest effective dose for pain management for the shortest time possible.

The Bentonville, Ark. -based company operates more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries, as well as ecommerce websites.

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