Walmart Will Limit The Amount Of Opioids Its Pharmacies Distribute

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.

Earlier this year, Walmart announced the rollout of a free opioid disposal solution, DisposeRx, at its pharmacies nationwide.

He said the limitation of pills for the initial prescription falls in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prescribing guidelines.

Taking another step to battle the nation's opioid crisis, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will provide no more than a seven day supply of the medications to some customers.

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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. The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable".

The Company also stated that by the end of August 2018, pharmacists will have access to and use NarxCare, a controlled substance tracking tool that shows real-time interstate visibility (in states that permit access). 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 CDC also notes that patients who are prescribed higher dosages are more likely to die from an overdose. This was partially fueled by the fact that some users may not realize that they are taking synthetic opioids. As a result, Walmart will implement new opioid training for its expansive roster of pharmacists. Reportedly, the initiative will be commenced within 60 days and comes on the heels of the rising number of healthcare entities tightening the rules surrounding the filing of opioid prescriptions. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will receive the packet every six months. Current pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time, Walmart said.

The company believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.

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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