Walmart to add policy aimed at curbing opioid abuse

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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.

All Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies in the USA and Puerto Rico will fill new acute opioid prescriptions with no more than a seven-day supply, and will cap the daily dosage at 50 morphine milligram equivalents, the retail giant said in a statement on Monday.

The CDC says that prescriptions for acute pain should be targeted in the fight against the opioid epidemic because "long-term opioid use often begins with treatment of acute pain". Walmart noted that some states have imposed limits of less than seven days for new opioid prescriptions said it will follow laws of those states.

Also, starting in 2020, Walmart and Sam's Club will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances because they are harder to tamper with. The company noted that e-prescriptions are less prone to errors, can't be altered or copied, and can be tracked electronically. NarxCare is a tool that helps pharmacists make dispensing decisions and provides pharmacists with the real-time interstate visibility that now exists. The pharmacy will also provide naloxone recommendations for certain patients. As a result, Walmart will implement new opioid training for its expansive roster of pharmacists. "Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost".

In 2017, CVS announced that it would enact a seven-day limit for opioid prescriptions for certain conditions and new patients. Existing pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time. But unlike Walmart's NarxCare, the prescription drug monitoring programs are limited to the boundaries of each state. (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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