Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will soon limit patients to no more than seven days' worth of opioids for certain prescriptions.
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The company also said that as of January 1, 2020, Walmart and Sam's Club will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances.
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.
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Walmart is tightening its opioid prescription policies. Also, pharmacists will recommend naloxone for patients who might be at risk for overdose, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
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. Existing pharmacy patients can request a free DisposeRx packet at any time. It stocks Naloxone in its pharmacies and will offer Naloxone behind its pharmacy counters for sale or for dispensing by a pharmacist by the end of this month in all states where pharmacy practice laws support its ability to do so. "These changes will not only help us decrease the number of prescription opioids that make it to the street, but will help us crack down on fraudulent prescriptions".
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