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Rep. Schrader Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Prescription Access for America’s Seniors



For Immediate Release

July 22, 2020

Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711

 

Rep. Schrader Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Prescription Access for America’s Seniors

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Schrader introduced the bipartisan Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2020. This commonsense, bipartisan bill was introduced in conjunction with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).

 

“The personal services that long-term care pharmacies provide seniors, many who take upwards of 10 medications per day, are critical for the health and wellness of millions of Americans,” said Rep. Schrader. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on this vulnerable population and now more than ever a consistent regulatory framework that defines long term care pharmacies is crucial. This bipartisan legislation will offer greater governmental oversight and make sure seniors get the right advice and support for the often complex group of medications they need in these care facilities.”

 

Long-term care pharmacies provide medication management for the nearly 2 million seniors currently in long-term care facilities across the country. These pharmacies serve a unique need and should be regulated differently than large retail pharmacies. This bill will provide for the first time, a definition for long-term care pharmacies that will be recognized under federal law. In turn eliminating significant regulatory chaos that has led to interruptions in prescription management for America’s seniors.

 

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