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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.
One Comment
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    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.

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