Offbeat Walmart to restrict opioid dispensing at its pharmacies

20:36  07 may  2018
20:36  07 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

How Walmart's decision to limit opioid prescriptions could affect U.S. drug abuse

  How Walmart's decision to limit opioid prescriptions could affect U.S. drug abuse Walmart is expanding its Opioid Stewardship Initiative, introducing additional measures this week in an effort to further curb opioid abuse. Load Error

Wal - Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) unveiled Wednesday an opioid disposal system that would safely and entirely dispose of leftover medicine. DisposeRX comes in a small packet and is free to Walmart customers at its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide.

Walgreens recently amended its policy on good-faith dispensing of controlled substances, specifically opioids . Walgreens’ revised Good Faith Dispensing (GFD) policy is being implemented at every one of our pharmacies nationwide and Puerto Rico.

Walmart said Monday it will restrict opioid prescriptions to no more than a seven-day supply as the retailer aims to curb an opioid epidemic that has plagued the United States.

The supply limit will begin within the next 60 days, the company said.

In January , Walmart said it would provide its customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that would help them dispose of leftover medication.

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

The company also said that from Jan. 1, 2020, it will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, noting that these prescriptions are proven to be less prone to errors and cannot be altered or copied.

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

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