Walmart this week declared that the retail behemoth will start to limit prescriptions for opioid to assist stop the epidemic caused by deadly drug. Sam’s Club and Walmart pharmacies are set to restrict user’s opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply, with maximum 50 Milligram each day, the firm claimed to the media in an interview.
The new regulations line up with the guidelines by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommends “3 Days or less will often be enough” for those prescribed with painkillers, and “over 7 Days will hardly ever be required.”
Walmart will obey state rules for those which need prescriptions for opioid to be filled for not more than 7 Days. As per CDC, a predicted 115 people in the U.S. die every day from an overdose of opioid. Opioids, comprising heroin and prescriptions, took life of 42,000 individuals in 2016 in the U.S.
In addition to this, by the end of 2020, Walmart pharmacies will need e-prescriptions for controlled materials, as they have “established to be less prone to flaws, are electronically trackable, and they can’t be changed or copied.”
“We are taking this measure in the fight against the opioid epidemic in the nation,” claimed Walmart’s Consumables, Health, and Wellness executive vice president in the U.S., Marybeth Hays, to the media in an interview. “We are happy to implement these initiatives and policies as we work to generate solutions that deal with this critical problem facing the communities and patients we cater to.”
Speaking of Walmart, the U.S. retail behemoth is ready to invest almost $15 Billion to purchase a share of around 70% in Flipkart in an agreement that is expected to be declared this week. This will comprise primary spending by Walmart of almost $3 Billion against new equity to increase Flipkart’s scale and size, claimed the sources well aware of the development.
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