NORTON, Kan.—Valley Hope Association President and CEO Pat George released the following statement today in response to the news on Friday, Sept. 22, that CVS pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions.
“CVS pharmacy is taking a good first step to make lasting, positive change to ensure the responsible prescribing and use of opioids. I hope the other major pharmaceutical chains implement the same policy change.
“At Valley Hope, we have experienced far too many situations where patients are over-prescribed medications over an extended period of time only to become addicted later with devastating results to families and lives.
“It will take a team approach, from doctors, pharmacies, treatment centers, drug manufacturers, health insurers, and federal and state officials, to develop more uniform standards for managing pain and what treatment and medications are truly needed.”
CVS’ new policy will include limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy; limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid; and requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed. To read more about this development and other initiatives CVS is undertaking to fight opioid abuse, go to CVSHealth.com
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