CVS announces new limits on prescription opioids

CVS to follow federal guidelines for opioid prescriptions

CVS to follow federal guidelines for opioid prescriptions

CVS Pharmacy on Thursday became the first national retailer to limit opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply.

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.

The new limits are part of a wider initiative meant to protect patients against a fast-growing opioid abuse epidemic that has led to a sharp increase in overdose deaths attributed to opioids, CNN reported. "As prescribers of opioid pain medications, dentists can help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm for patients, and the American Dental Association (ADA) is absolutely committed to working with our fellow health organizations to promote the appropriate use and disposal of controlled substances".

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CVS, based in Woonsocket, R.I., said the new rules will bring the company in line with prescribing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a year ago. The plan also includes an expansion of the drug disposal collection program which will add more kiosks at retail pharmacies nationwide.

Dr. Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer for CVS, said the initiatives respond to a uniquely American problem.

"In particular at King's Daughters, we're working on a non-narcotic pain regimen or pain control regimen that we can offer our patients when they are in the hospital that can reduce the amount of medication they can get while they're inpatients and as outpatients".

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Doctors can ask for exemptions for certain patients, CVS said, and employers and insurers can opt out of the program.

CVS manages medications for almost 90M people, or ~28% of the US population, through its Caremark unit and runs 9,700 retail pharmacies nationwide.

A large approach will be limiting opioid prescriptions.

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In an effort to fight the opioid epidemic, CVS is taking matters into its' own hands.

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