Pursuant to §54.1-3314.1(J) of the Code of Virginia and to addres in 2017s Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis, which the Health Commissioner recently declared a public health emergency, the Board of Pharmacy determined at its December full board meeting that all pharmacists must obtain at least one hour of continuing education (CE) in 2017 in any of the following subject areas: proper opioid use, opioid overdose prevention, or naloxone administration. The one-hour minimum requirement is part of the required 15 hours of CE that must be obtained during 2017 and is not in addition to the required 15 hours. This is a one-time requirement; further action of the Board would be required to mandate CE in a specific topic in future years. This requirement applies only to pharmacists, not pharmacy technicians.
Please note that this requirement does not identify specific objectives that must be included in your selected CE program, nor has a list of approved CE programs been identified from which you must choose. The requirement is intended to be general to allow each pharmacist the flexibility in choosing an appropriate CE program that focuses on the proper use of opioids, opioid overdose prevention or naloxone administration. The CE must be obtained between January 1 and December 31, 2017.