Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies

In response to the opioid crisis, Walmart is moving to restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies across the U.S. to no more than a seven-day supply, according to Reuters.

The supply limit will start within the next 60 days, Walmart announced May 7. In January, Walmart said it would start giving patients filling opioid prescriptions a packet of powder to help them get rid of leftover medication.

Additionally, Walmart said starting Jan. 1, 2020, the company would require e-prescriptions for controlled substances, noting this prescription method would not be as prone to errors and cannot be changed or duplicated.

The restrictions apply to all Walmart pharmacies and its Sam's Club unit in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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