Walmart tightening its opioid policies

Desiree Steele
May 9, 2018

This policy is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) guidelines for opioid use.

The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide.

Walmart will restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions to no more than a seven-day supply, the nation's largest retailer announced Monday.

The press release also said that the company plans to require e-prescriptions for controlled substances by 2020, which makes it more hard for the prescriptions to be altered or copied. The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable". The CDC also notes that patients who are prescribed higher dosages are more likely to die from an overdose. The agency adds that three days or less worth of opioids "will often be sufficient" in acute pain cases for new patients, while "more than seven days will rarely be needed".

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

A Walmart spokesperson said it's part of an effort to battle the opioid crisis.

They'll also limit the strength of the opioids they provide. Additionally, Sam's Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies. The company explained that online prescriptions will help prevent prescription fraud and minimize error. The company believes this will help the distribution of medication via forged prescriptions. 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. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide.

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