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CVS announces new limit on opioid drug prescriptions

CVS has announced they are changing how they handle opioid prescriptions amid the nation’s opioid crisis, according to a news release. (MGN) 

CVS has announced they are changing how they handle opioid prescriptions amid the nation’s opioid crisis, according to a news release.

They say that their pharmacy manager, CVS Caremark, will begin to limit limiting the supply and dosages of prescription opioids.

Here is more information from the release:

“CVS Caremark, our pharmacy benefits manager, is enhancing our utilization management program to ensure that opioids are being prescribed and used appropriately, consistent with the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes:

• Limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions.

• Limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid.

• Requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed.

Read the complete release here.

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