Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions to 7-day supply

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The new policies align together with all the facilities for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations which imply "3 times or less will probably often be adequate" for people prescribed the painkillers, also "more than seven weeks will likely rarely be needed".

The restrictions on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain will start within the next 60 days, as well as a rule that the drugs would be limited to 50 morphine milligrams a day, Walmart said in a statement.

Additionally, as of January 1, 2020, Walmart and Sam's Club will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances. Along with reducing the risk of errors, e-prescriptions can not be altered or copied and are electronically trackable, according to the company.

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Also, by August 2018, Walmart and Sam's Club's pharmacists will have access to a controlled substance tracking tool called NarxCare.

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.

Walmart is tightening its opioid prescription policies.

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The company will conduct additional training and education on opioid stewardship for its pharmacists, including a pain management curriculum.

A Walmart spokesperson said it's part of an effort to battle the opioid crisis. This was partially fueled by the fact that some users may not realize that they are taking synthetic opioids.

Walmart Inc. announced Monday that the company will introduce new policies to restrict opioid prescriptions at all Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies. Existing pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time. The company believes this will help the distribution of medication via forged prescriptions. The e-prescriptions are deemed to minimize error and prevent prescription frauds. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under almost 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites.

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