Some states have their own laws limiting how many days' worth of opioids pharmacies can provide; Walmart says in those cases, its pharmacies will follow state regulations.
Additionally, from January 20 20, Walmart pharmacies may require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, as they have "recognized to become prone to errors, they can not be changed or copied and so are trackable". The corporation says that e-prescriptions can not be altered and are "electronically trackable".
The company also said it will have the opioid overdose 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 offers DisposeRx, a powder for disposing of opioids, free in all of its pharmacies.
The stores are also providing additional education and training for their pharmacists on opioids and noloxone. The company's pharmacists already counsel patients using the CDC's guidelines on pain management, with a focus on using the lowest effective dose for pain management for the shortest time possible. In an effort to continue to be a part of the solution, Walmart is introducing new programs, tools and policies that will be aimed at addressing the critical issues faced by the patients & communities.
Opioid limits have garnered support from various stakeholders, and a bill in the Senate would restrict initial prescriptions for acute pain to three days. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under almost 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. Walmart shares are down 2.1% in Monday trading, and down 13.2% for the year to date.
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