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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Health Professions
Board
Board of Veterinary Medicine
chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Action:
Prescribing of opioids
 
General Information
Action Summary Emergency regulations for veterinarians prescribing of controlled substances containing opioids are being promulgated as emergency regulations to address the opioid abuse crisis in Virginia. Regulations for the management of acute pain include requirements for the evaluation of the patient, limitations on quantity and dosage, and record-keeping. Regulations provide requirements for prescribing an opioid beyond 14 days for chronic pain and certain chronic conditions, and allow for prescribing of buprenorphine in a dosage, quantity, and formulation appropriate for an animal species and size. Finally, there are requirements for continuation of treatment and for the content of the medical record.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005103]
Associated Mandates Prescribing of buprenorphine
 
Stages
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7915 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/26/2017 and expires on 12/25/2017.
8041 Proposed DPB review in progress.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address: leslie.knachel@dhp.virginia.gov
Phone: (804)367-4468    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.