Walmart changes opioid prescription policies

Walmart Inc. has more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites

Walmart Inc. has more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites

National pharmacy retailers have increasingly been proactive in addressing the wave of opioid addiction that has decimated communities across the US, providing services ranging from counseling to sites and methods that allow for the safe disposal of medications.

Walmart's new policy aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for opioid use.

In a bid to curb opioid misuse and abuse, Walmart Inc., has announced that it will only fill first-time opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days or even less across the United 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 urges lawmakers to establish a seven-day supply limit for initial prescriptions issued for acute pain and to require all controlled substance prescriptions be issued electronically, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Walmart will also continue to sponsor youth-based curriculums on the risks associated with prescription drug abuse, among them Prescription for Life with EverFi. As a result, Walmart will implement new opioid training for its expansive roster of pharmacists. The CDC publishes MME conversion guides to help pharmacists figure out the right dosage for each type of prescribed opioid.

Patients filling any new Class II opioid prescription will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure when picking up their prescription.

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Walmart did not respond to a local newspaper's request for comment about its return policy at the time.

Walmart will begin restricting opioid painkillers it dispenses to customers as part of an effort to crack down on the nationwide drug-abuse epidemic. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.

Walmart is the fourth leading pharmacy in the country, with sales topping 18 billion dollars a year.

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