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Walmart pharmacies to restrict opioid prescriptions nationwide

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Anna Jefferson | 08 May, 2018, 10:40

Taking another step to battle the nation's opioid crisis, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will provide no more than a seven day supply of the medications to some customers.

However, CNN reports that a new study says that prescription monitoring may only offer a marginal effect in reducing opioid overdoses.

Monday's announcement comes more than four months after Walmart said it would give consumers filling opioid prescriptions a packet of powder to help get dispense of leftover medication.

Additionally, as of January 1, 2020, Walmart and Sam's Club will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances.

NarxCare is a tool that helps pharmacists make dispensing decisions and provides pharmacists with the real-time interstate visibility that now exists.Walmart and Sam's Club are committed to having the opioid reversal medication naloxone behind the pharmacy counters of its stores and clubs and dispensing naloxone upon request, where allowed by state law.

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Walmart said it is imposing the seven-day limit and taking related steps "to continue to be part of the solution to our nation's opioid epidemic". 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.

Wal mart will accompany state laws for people which require opioid prescriptions to be filled for over seven weeks.

Other new regulations that will be in place by August 2018 include pharmacist access to controlled substance tracking tool Narxcare, naloxone recommendations for patients at risk of overdose, and training and education on opioid stewardship for Walmart pharmacists. The CDC said that over 63,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016, which was the highest ever on record.

In addition to prescription opioids, synthetic opioids are on the rise.

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