Hy-Vee implements controlled substance prescription policy

In an effort to assist in combatting the national opioid epidemic, Hy-Vee has implemented a new controlled substance prescription policy.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, Hy-Vee pharmacies will no longer allow a subsequent fill of a Schedule II controlled substance, or a refill of a Schedule III or Scheduled IV controlled substance more than 72 hours early without authorization from the prescriber.

Hy-Vee pharmacies also no longer accept GoodRx coupons for controlled substance prescriptions.

“The opioid epidemic in the United States claims the lives of more than 100 people every day, and Hy-Vee is continually working to assist in the fight,” Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee senior vice president and chief health officer, said. “Implementing this 72-hour policy is one more step toward combatting the opioid epidemic in communities throughout the eight states we serve.”

Hy-Vee already offers naloxone without a prescription in all eight states where it operates pharmacies: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Naloxone is available at Hy-Vee pharmacies in a nasal spray and injection forms (upon request), although, the nasal spray is the most commonly used form. The drug is stored behind the counter and cost varies, depending on the form and whether a customer goes through his or her insurance, or pays cash.