CVS Pharmacy, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, took a step Thursday to curb the opioid overprescription that contributes to the country’s ongoing epidemic.
"The opioid epidemic touches all of the communities we serve, and as a pharmacy innovation company, we are in a unique position to make a difference," CVS Health representatives said in a statement.
That difference will include mandating that a single patient cannot be prescribed more than a seven-day supply of opioid medications at any one time, limiting the daily dosage a patient can be prescribed and requiring pharmacists to prioritize immediate-release formulas over extended-release counterparts.
Placing stricter limits on prescription won’t be a silver bullet solution to the epidemic, but stemming the tide of opioids entering American homes can help prevent misuse and new addictions.
CVS will also donate $2 million to community health centers that provide addiction treatment and install medication disposal units, where patients can safely throw out unused medication, in 750 of its locations.