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Walmart Will Limit The Amount Of Opioids Its Pharmacies Distribute

Walmart Will Limit The Amount Of Opioids Its Pharmacies Distribute

Walmart is taking a stand against opioid abuse, responding to the opioid epidemic by putting into place stricter prescription policies for the drug.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Additionally, by January 2020, Walmart pharmacies will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, as they have "proven to be less prone to errors, they can not be altered or copied and are electronically trackable". This type of prescription has been found to be less prone to human error, since they can't be altered or copied. &ldquoWe are pleased to execute these policies and initiatives because we work to generate solutions that address this crucial issue facing both the patients and communities we function.

Walmart will stop providing initial acute opioid prescriptions that last for more than a week.

Naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose would also be stocked at pharmacies to prevent overdosage related deaths.

Anyone filling new Class II opioid prescriptions with Walmart will receive a free packet to allow for safe disposal of medications.




The stores are also providing additional education and training for their pharmacists on opioids and noloxone.

It will also limit the dosage to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day.

DisposeRx provides a convenient way for patients to discard leftover opioid medicines at home. One possible pharmacy that could do this is Walgreens.

The largest retailer in the country is taking action to curb abuse of prescription painkillers by limiting patients to a seven day supply of opioids. The company believes this will help the distribution of medication via forged 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. 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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