Earlier this year, the company announced free opioid medication disposal in all its US pharmacies. Pharmacists are urged to provide naloxone recommendations for patients who may be at risk for overdose, according to CDC guidelines.
"We are taking action in the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic", said Marybeth Hays, the Walmart U.S. executive vice president of health, wellness and consumables. However, it is not immediately clear whether Walmart's seven-day limit will be adequate to have a marked effect. The product, when mixed with warm water, can turn any opioid product into a soft gel, rendering it unusable. The chemicals in the packet are listed as safe by the FDA.More news: Syrian army fires missiles into Golan Heights for first time in decades
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Walmart's pharmacy chain is the fourth largest and in the next two months it is set to cap acute painkiller supplies not to be dispensed for over seven days at a time. Additionally, Sam's Club patients can access Dispose Rx at their pharmacies. But unlike Walmart's NarxCare, the prescription drug monitoring programs are limited to the boundaries of each state. John Boozman, R-Ark.
Walmart Inc. announced Monday that the company will introduce new policies to restrict opioid prescriptions at all Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies.
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. The company believes this will help the distribution of medication via forged prescriptions. The company's legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on February 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer.