News & Updates

New SCPC Comment Letter to FDA: Repackaging Guidance Must Account for Long Term Care Pharmacies’ Patient Safety Concerns

Pharmacy Times
A new comment letter from the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests modifications to proposed repackaging and distribution guidance as applied to long-term care (LTC) pharmacies…Read More

E&C Exempts Nursing Homes, Hospice & Others From Pharmacy Lock-In

Inside Health Policy
At the urging of seniors’ advocates and long-term care pharmacies, House Energy & Commerce members tweaked the pharmacy lock-in measure in the latest version of their Cures bill to exempt patients in nursing homes, hospice, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded and facilities that contract with a single pharmacy to dispense frequently abused drugs…Read More

Pharmacy group pleased with revised 21st Century Cures language

Long-Term Living
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) says it is pleased with the Energy and Commerce Committee’s revised language in draft 21st Century Cures legislation it is considering related to programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under Medicare Parts C and D…Read More

E&C Lets CMS Exempt Long-Term Care Pharmacies From Lock-In, But Facilities Want More

Inside Health Policy
Long-term care pharmacies are pleased that House Energy & Commerce members opened the door to exempting them from the pharmacy lock-in plan in 21st Century Cures legislation, but they prefer to be excluded outright…Read More

Pharmacy group wants SNF and AL beneficiaries exempted from Part D ‘lock-in’ provision

The head of a new long-term care pharmacy advocacy group urged Congress on Thursday to exempt Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from a plan that would require them to use a single pharmacy for all medications….Read More

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski deserve credit for strong teamwork helping to ensure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, thankfully, took recent action to protect vulnerable seniors, and reduce Medicare waste…Read More

Revised 21st Century Cures Part D “Lock-In” Language “A Significant Step in Right Direction” for LTC Pharmacy Patients, Providers

The following is a statement from Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), commenting on newly revised language in the 21st Century Cures draft legislation as it pertains to programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under Medicare Parts C and D (the so-called “lock-in” provision)…Read More

E&C Adds Beneficiary Appeals To Lock-In Pharmacy Measure In Cures Bill

Inside Health Policy
House Energy & Commerce members added a beneficiary-appeals measure to a provision in 21st Century Cures draft legislation that would let plans limit which pharmacies may dispense drugs prone to abuse, such as pain medicine; but seniors’ advocates and independent pharmacies say the committee didn’t significantly amend the pharmacy-network provision and the language could make it difficult for beneficiaries to obtain medicine they desperately need…Read More

Pharmacy group says ‘lock-in’ provision is problematic

Long-Term Living
Seniors’ access to medications in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other long-term care (LTC) facilities could be restricted inadvertently under a Medicare Part D “lock-in” provision contained in a bill under consideration, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) has told the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee…Read More

Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision Problematic For Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In a statement submitted for the record for today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on pending “21st Century Cures” legislation, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) said a proposed Medicare Part D “lock-in” provision contained in the new draft bill could inadvertently restrict seniors’ access to needed medications in skilled nursing facilities and other long term care facilities…Read More

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