Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

The move is one of the strongest by a retailer in a bid to curb the opioid epidemic that has plagued the United States. The supply limit will begin within the next 60 days Walmart said

The restrictions apply to all Walmart pharmacies and its Sam's Club unit in the US and Puerto Rico.

Within the next 60 days, Walmart and Sam's Club will limit initial acute opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply.

Walmart Inc. says it will take more steps to reduce opioid medication abuse and misuse. It also will follow laws in states that require acute opioid prescriptions for less than seven days.

Walmart intends to roll-out newer restrictions on opioid prescriptions in the summertime, while also announcing that they will require e-prescriptions come 2020.

They said that e-prescriptions are proven to be less prone to errors and cannot be altered or copied, and they can be tracked electronically.

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The new measures are an extension of Walmart's efforts to fight the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Plus, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacists will continue to recommend the overdose reversal drug naloxone, which is available over the counter in some states, to customers who may be at risk of an overdose. The pharmacy will also provide naloxone recommendations for certain patients.

Additional training and education on opioid stewardship for pharmacists, including a pain management curriculum.

While experts agree that safe disposal of leftover opioid drugs is an important measure to fight the epidemic, they point out that plenty of options for the safe tossing of painkillers already exist. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will receive the packet every six months. "These changes will not only help us decrease the number of prescription opioids that make it to the street, but will help us crack down on fraudulent prescriptions". (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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