Walmart to restrict opioids to 7-day supply for some

Faith Castro
May 9, 2018

The new seven-day cap on opioids will be implemented at all U.S. Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the next 60 days, the company said.

All Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies in the US and Puerto Rico will fill new acute opioid prescriptions with no more than a seven-day supply, and will cap the daily dosage at 50 morphine milligram equivalents, the retail giant said in a statement on Monday.

Reliable reports claim that the initiatives will also be applicable to Sam's Club Pharmacies, which is owned by Walmart.

"We are taking action in the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic", affirmed Marybeth Hays, EVP of health and wellness and consumables, Walmart U.S.

Earlier this year, the company also offered free opioid disposal solution, DisposeRx, at all its USA pharmacies.

The restrictions mirror the decision by CVS Health in September 2017 to limit new patients with acute pain to a seven day supply of medication.

Eventually, Walmart says it will only accept electronic prescriptions because they are more hard to alter.

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They'll also limit the strength of the opioids they provide.

Florida's law, which was passed this year as part of a larger bill, puts a three-day limit on opioids prescribed for patients with acute pain. The company says e-prescriptions can't be altered or copied and are less prone to errors.

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

Walmart did not respond to a local newspaper's request for comment about its return policy at the time.

Pharmacists will counsel patients using the CDC's guidelines on pain management, focusing on using the lowest effective dose for pain management for the shortest time possible.

Walmart will begin restricting opioid painkillers it dispenses to customers as part of an effort to crack down on the nationwide drug-abuse epidemic. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.

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