As we work to put this pandemic behind us, the role of long-term care (LTC) pharmacies has never been more important. We are responsible for providing medication management services to those in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and play a critical role in taking care of America’s vulnerable seniors.

Unfortunately, despite the essential, value-added services that LTC pharmacies provide, no statutory definition for long-term care pharmacies currently exists under federal law. This lack of a clear regulatory framework creates confusion and lumps specialized LTC services, like medication delivery and individual prescription reviews, with generic corner retail pharmacy services. This means we often navigate a web of confusing, sometimes contradictory, regulations just to deliver care.

That’s why I’m pleased to see Virginia’s own Senator Mark Warner take a lead role in introducing the bipartisan Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2021. If passed, this legislation would provide regulatory consistency and support continuity of care for countless seniors both here in Virginia – including the 8,900 residents in senior living communities that my company serves – and across the country.

Thank you, Senator Warner, for your leadership on this issue. I encourage the rest of Virginia’s congressional delegation to work with him in support of this measure.

Albert Fuchs, RPh, pharmacy director, Express Care Pharmacy


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