Walmart, Sam's Club tightening opioid prescription policies

11 May, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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The restrictions mirror the decision by CVS Health in September 2017 to limit new patients with acute pain to a seven day supply of medication.

The retailer, along with Sam's Club, said its pharmacies will no longer provide more than a seven day supply of most prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that emergency room visits connected with suspected opioid overdoses rose nearly 30 percent in September from July 2016.

Walmart and Sam's Club stores, which are implementing the new measure within the next two months nationwide, said they will follow the laws in states like Florida, where the fills for new opioid prescriptions is less than seven days.

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Walmart and Sam's Club stores will also require e-prescriptions for controlled substances starting January 1, 2020, because they're less likely to be altered and copied, and they're easier to track. The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered 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.

In states that allow access, the companys pharmacists will have access to and use the controlled substance tracking tool, NarxCare.

Walmart said it also plans to conduct additional training and education on opioid stewardship for its pharmacists, including a pain management curriculum. The pharmacy will also provide naloxone recommendations for certain patients. One possible pharmacy that could do this is Walgreens.

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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.

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.

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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