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Hy-Vee announces new pharmacy program to combat national opioid crisis

West Des Moines, Iowa – Hy-Vee announced today the store’s pharmacies will no longer allow a subsequent refill of a Schedule II controlled substance or a refill of a Schedule III or IV controlled substance more than 72 hours early.  The prescriptions must include authorization from the prescriber .

Public Relations Director Christina Gayman says the policy will only allow for prescriptions to be refilled right before it expires.

 

The policy’s goal is to assist in combating the national opioid epidemic.  According to the Center for Disease Control, 47 thousand people died in 2017, the most on record which surpassed record numbers in 2016.

 

Gayman says you should ask your pharmacist if you have specific questions about the new policy and changes to your prescriptions.

 

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Kellan Heavican

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