The Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2021, introduced Wednesday by six senators, aims to provide a solution to what some see as a “convoluted, patchwork system governing long-term care pharmacies.”

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition said it supports the act because it allows LTC pharmacies to do what they do best, which is provide enhanced pharmacy and clinical services to 850,000 LTC residents and patients every day.

The bill defines LTC pharmacies as especially qualified for such actions, which serve older adults with medically complex chronic conditions who rely extensively on prescription drugs to improve their health and quality of life.

“LTC pharmacies play an irreplaceable role in communities across the country, but for far too long they have been forced to navigate a vague and inconsistent regulatory framework that has made it increasingly difficult to meet patient needs in the community,” SCPC said.

Read the full SCPC statement here.