On December 18, 2019, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s acting administrator to express his concern over unnecessary delays in procuring controlled medications used for pain management for patients in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). The Senator’s letter urged DEA to address these delays by evaluating the manner in which an individual health care practitioner can create a valid agency relationship with a nurse at a LTCF to maintain the clinical chain of custody while ensuring that patients receive their medication in a reasonable timeframe.
ASCP has been working with the DEA on alternatives to help resolve this issue. The Senator’s letter is in response to outreach to his office by ASCP and supported by a group of organizations that share in the desire to resolve this issue. These groups include, in addition to ASCP, American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing, American Geriatrics Society, American Health Care Association, AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, American Medical Association, LeadingAge, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
ASCP is a non-profit, membership association devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults. Founded in 1969, ASCP is an international organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. ASCP represents pharmacy professionals and students serving the unique medication needs of older adults. ASCP's members range in the services they provide and serve older adults in a variety of settings. Learn more at ASCP.com. ASCP – Empowering Pharmacists. Transforming Aging.