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AHCA, pharmacy groups buck federal drug regulations

McKnight’s
Drug repackaging guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration could have detrimental effects on skilled nursing care costs and quality, healthcare groups recently told the agency…Read More

SCPC, ASCP, AHCA/NCAL Letter to FDA: Facts Caution Against Imposition of Inappropriate New Regulatory Burdens on Nation’s Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies, Patients

Washington, DC — The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have sent a new letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commenting on the Agency’s draft Repackaging Guidance, and educating the Agency about long term care (LTC) pharmacy operations….Read More

Re: Objection to Texas Medicaid State Plan Amendment Transmittal Number 15-005

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted a proposed State Plan Amendment (SPA)1 (Transmittal Number 15-005) in May 2016 as a response to the final CMS Covered Outpatient Drug Rule (CMS-2345-FC)2 that went into effect this April…Read More

Drug bill with exemptions for LTC pharmacies heads to Obama

McKnight’s
A bill that would exempt long-term care pharmacies from a controversial “lock-in” provision received final passage from the Senate on Wednesday and now heads to the president’s desk…Read More

SCPC Hails Senate Passage of CARA, Thanks Lawmakers in Both Chambers for Recognizing Key Role Played by LTC Pharmacies in Seniors’ Medication Management

Washington, DC – Characterizing Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) as “a major victory for the nation’s long term care (LTC) pharmacy sector and the patients under their care,” the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today thanked key U.S. Senate and House leaders who helped shepherd-through a lengthy, complex legislative process, a vital provision that recognizes the key role played by LTC pharmacies in seniors’ medication management…Read More

Filling A Prescription? You Might Be Better Off Paying Cash

Kaiser Health News
Pharmacists say large pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firms that handle benefit claims for millions of Americans are pocketing the difference, while those firms say pharmacists themselves are being greedy…Read More

FDA drug guidance may threaten compliance for “literally every LTC facility,” pharmacy group says

McKnight’s
New repackaging guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration could place “literally every LTC facility and associated pharmacy in America” at risk of failing to meet Medicare and Medicaid regulatory requirements, a senior care executive said last week…Read More

FDA Compounding Listening Session Beneficial to Reiterate the Unique Role, Value of Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies

Washington, DC – In thanking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for holding a recent listening session regarding provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) President and CEO, Alan G. Rosenbloom, said the gathering served as a productive forum to reiterate the need for FDA to ensure its implementation does not inadvertently create unanticipated burdens on dispensing practices in specialized settings like LTC facilities and pharmacies…Read More

Letter to the editor: Bridenstine trying to protect long-term care

Tulsa World
Most people are familiar with their local retail pharmacy — you get a prescription, take it to the pharmacy and go home with your medication…Read More

Drug legislation would protect elderly: Letter

The Clarion-Ledger
It’s no secret the cost of prescription drugs is an issue debated in communities across the country. Part of this national debate includes the cost of drugs made available to seniors through the Medicare Part D benefit, which is why I’d like to thank Congressman Gregg Harper for supporting the bipartisan MAC Transparency Act (H.R. 244)…Read More

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