Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Walmart changes opioid prescription policies

Walmart changes opioid prescription policies

The initiative will start within 60 days, the company announced Monday, and comes as an increasing number of states and entities in the health-care industry have placed limits on opioid prescriptions.

Walmart Inc. says it will take more steps to reduce opioid medication abuse and misuse.

Walmart will also require e-prescriptions for controlled substances starting in 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.

In January, Walmart said it would provide its customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that would help them dispose of leftover medication.

The new measures are an extension of Walmart's efforts to fight the U.S. opioid epidemic. &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 addition, where allowed by state law, pharmacies will have naloxone behind the counter and ready to dispense upon request.

Also, the company said its pharmacists provide CDC-directed naloxone recommendations for patients who might be at risk for opioid overdose.

In 2017, CVS announced that it would enact a seven-day limit for opioid prescriptions for certain conditions and new patients.

The stores are also providing additional education and training for their pharmacists on opioids and noloxone. But unlike Walmart's NarxCare, the prescription drug monitoring programs are limited to the boundaries of each state. The CDC publishes MME conversion guides to help pharmacists figure out the right dosage for each type of prescribed opioid. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide.

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