Retail giant Walmart adding policy aimed at opioid abuse

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

Walmart's policy follows a similar initiative introduced by CVS last September to limit opioid prescriptions for new patients to a seven-day supply.

Walmart and Sam's Club also will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances beginning Jan 1, 2020. E-prescriptions are proven to be less prone to errors, they can not be altered or copied and are electronically trackable.

The modernized pharmacy guidelines come four months after Walmart said it would provide clients who were advised opioid prescriptions per packet of powder to dispose of extra medication.

The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that's why we're taking an active role in the fight against our nation's opioid issue - one that has affected so many families and communities across America. Many have found that overprescribing is often a culprit, as it increases the amount of opioids in circulation, thereby increasing the potential for addiction.

Also, by August 2018, Walmart and Sam's Club's pharmacists will have access to a controlled substance tracking tool called NarxCare. The pharmacy will also provide naloxone recommendations for certain patients.

Opioid overdose crisis and the proposal for its limits have garnered significant support from several shareholders, owing to which a bill in the Senate will be restricting the initial prescriptions for acute pain to 3 days. The e-prescriptions are deemed to minimize error and prevent prescription frauds.

Wal Mart Inc. announced Monday that the retail giant will begin to confine opioid prescriptions within an Attempt to help stem the mortal medication outbreak.

The Bentonville, Ark. -based company operates more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries, as well as ecommerce websites. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.

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