CVS Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

Ebony Scott
September 23, 2017

CVS announced Thursday that their pharmacists will review opioid prescriptions that don't meet new federal guidelines, in addition to new and expanded initiatives the company has undertaken to counter the ongoing opioid epidemic.

CVS Health said Thursday that it was limiting the amount and strength of prescription opioid painkillers it provides to patients taking the drugs for the first time, a step meant to help curb opioid abuse.

It's the first national retail chain in the United States to restrict how numerous pain pills doctors can provide to patients, NBC News reported.

CVS, which manages medications for almost 90 million customers at 9,700 retail locations, plans to roll out the initiatives to control opioid abuse as of February 1, 2018. Pharmacists will be required to inform patients about the risks of addiction, storage of medications and disposal.

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According to a release on the CVS Health website, opioid overdose deaths quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.

The CVS limit aims to stop a growing opioid epidemic across the country, including in Pennsylvania.

Ford says KDMC has been working on similar ways to fight the epidemic and says this announcement by CVS could definitely help with their mission. More than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication, that could otherwise have been diverted, misused or abused, have been collected and safely disposed of through this program in the past two years. "It looks as though we've gone too far in one direction in terms of this kind of liberal use of medications to treat pain and we have to do something different".

The CVS Health Foundation has also added a $2 million commitment to its previous investments in mitigating prescription drug abuse with support for Federally-qualified community health centers to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and other recovery services.

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