Walmart to provide only 7 days’ worth of opioids for some patients
In an effort to do their part to curb the opioid crisis, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will not provide more than a seven- day supply to some customers
By EMS1 Staff
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that they will no longer provide more than a seven-day supply of opioids to some customers in an effort to do their part to curb the opioid crisis.
In a press release, the retailer announced that the pharmacies of Walmart and Sam’s Club will “restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions to no more than a seven-day supply” in the next 60 days, with “up to a 50 morphine milligram equivalent maximum per day.”
“We are taking action in the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic,” Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Walmart’s Health & Wellness and Consumables, said. “We are proud to implement these policies and initiatives as we work to create solutions that address this critical issue facing the patients and communities we serve.”
The press release also said that the company plans to require e-prescriptions for controlled substances by 2020, which makes it more difficult for the prescriptions to be altered or copied.