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Walmart tightens its opioid prescription policies

Walmart is making its opioid policy more strict, limiting the duration of such prescriptions and requiring that they be filled electronically.

The company announced on Monday that within 60 days, it will only fill first-time acute opioid prescriptions for seven days or less nationwide, and it will limit the dosage to 50 morphine milligram equivalents, or MMEs, per day. The CDC publishes MME conversion guides to help pharmacists figure out the right dosage for each type of prescribed opioid.

 There are more than 5,300 Walmart (WMT) and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.
The new restrictions follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A CDC study found that people who were prescribed at least one day of opioid therapy had a 6% chance of being addicted a year later — but for those prescribed eight or more days of treatment saw that chance spiked to 13.5%. The CDC also notes that patients who are prescribed higher dosages are more likely to die from an overdose.
  1. M. Lee

    What about the other 86.5% who do not become addicted. What about people who have severe pain and
    have nothing to take for it. I find it very offensive that when you go to the clinic for pain, they start talking about all this and it makes you feel like you’re only there because you are addicted to drugs. I do not have an addition to any drug, I am 71 years old and have a great deal of pain, and at my age, if I did get addicted who cares. I have taken percoset in the past, it seems to work the best without much stomach trouble. I did not become addicted to it, haven’t been able to get it for several years, so guess what I’m usually always in pain. But I guess that doesn’t matter.

  2. Skullborous

    Another misguided effort. Typical fear response from DEA pressure. They clearly care little for the patient with intractable chronic pain for which opiates are the only answer.They should feel the wrath from everyone that has such a condition by not getting their dollars for anything they sell.

  3. Al Simmons

    This company is trying to get between our doctor and the retail company that follows his orders.
    Their intrusive questions as to the diagnosis, prognosis and other health records is abhorrent. I question their authority to even require such information. These efforts should be aggressively challenged at every turn. This is only the beginning, and if we patients do not make them incur financial loss for this ridiculous decision, they will continue. And others will follow, Do your part and do not buy from these fascists.

  4. Geholis Giles

    This my friends is the beginning of total government control of what your doctor can prescribe, to whom, and for what disorder. If anyone thinks a pharmacist has the training to make such a decision is sorely mistaken. I reject this totally and refuse to buy anything from Walmart again. Unless they feel the pain of lost sales, this will continue and worsen. Make no mistake, this guidence is not for the concern of the patient, but a gutless rollover to FDA and DEA pressure. The fact is, it is none of their business and certainly they have no authority to obtain the information they seek such as diagnosis codes, and conditions in our medical records. Yet another sledge hammer response to killing a fly by good old uncle sam. I understand their intent but we as people in chronic pain, seeing a pain specialist are not the target.

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