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Within sixty days, Walmart and Sam's Club plan to restrict some opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply with a maximum of 50 milligrams of morphine per day.

The Walmart logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 1, 2018. Reportedly, the initiative will be commenced within 60 days and comes on the heels of the rising number of healthcare entities tightening the rules surrounding the filing of opioid prescriptions.

The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide.

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Additionally, Walmart said starting January 1, 2020, the company would require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, noting this prescription method would not be as prone to errors and can not be changed or duplicated. For states that now limit new acute opioid prescription fills to 7 days, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will follow that state law. The company says e-prescriptions can't be altered or copied and are less prone to errors.

In states allowing access, the company's pharmacists will have access to and use the controlled-substance tracking tool, which helps pharmacists make dispensing decisions and provides real-time interstate visibility. Now, pharmacists can also counsel patients on how to use DisposeRx and distribute an opioid awareness brochure outlining risks and helpful resources. &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.

According to USA Today, CVS Health similarly said in September that it would limit initial acute opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies for new patients. They will complete a pain management curriculum by the end of August. Several other companies have also been making similar efforts to help mitigate the opioid epidemic. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.


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