Walmart, Sam's Club announce opioid prescription changes

The initiatives apply to all the pharmacies of Walmart and its Sam's Club unit in the United States and Puerto Rico. "Where state law for fills on new acute opioid prescriptions is less than seven days, Walmart and Sam's Club will follow state law", said the company in a statement Monday.

The Company also announced that as of January 1, 2020, pharmacies will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances.

"I applaud Walmart's decision to proactively implement policies that will change the way they prescribe opioids and improve their prescription verification system", Manchin said.

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.

Marybeth Hays, Walmart's executive VP of health and wellness and consumables, was quoted stating that the company is taking action in the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic. 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". They will complete a pain management curriculum by the end of August.

In 2017, CVS announced that it would enact a seven-day limit for opioid prescriptions for certain conditions and new patients. "Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost". Existing pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time.

Walmart expects online prescriptions to help prevent fraud and minimize error. The company also believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution and is helping to fund a variety of multi-state programs that teach youth about the dangers of prescription drug use and abuse.

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