Walmart fights opioid epidemic with new policies

Walmart fights opioid epidemic with new policies

Walmart fights opioid epidemic with new policies

To help prevent opioid abuse and misuse, Walmart will restrict prescriptions and require electronic prescribing for controlled-substance medications at its stores with pharmacies.

Representatives for Walmart announced Monday that within the next 60 days, they will institute a one week limit for most prescription opioid medication at all Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies.

The CDC says opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S.in 2016, more than any year on record. In states where the law for fills is less than seven days, Walmart and Sam's Club will abide by this lower limit.

Walmart and Sam's Club stores will also require e-prescriptions for controlled substances starting January 1, 2020, because they're less likely to be altered and copied, and they're easier to track. The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable".

The initiatives apply to all the pharmacies of Walmart and its Sam's Club unit in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Pharmacists also will undergo a pain management curriculum, using the CDC's guidelines on pain management to counsel patients. "Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost".

A Walmart spokesperson said it's part of an effort to battle the opioid crisis. Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will receive the packet every six months. But unlike Walmart's NarxCare, the prescription drug monitoring programs are limited to the boundaries of each state.

Walmart did not respond to a local newspaper's request for comment about its return policy at the time. (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 continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.

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