Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Department of Health Professions
Regulations Governing the Prescription Monitoring Program [18 VAC 76 ‑ 20]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Conformity with federal law
Action 3436
General Information
Action Summary Amendments to section 40 on standards for the manner and format of reports to the Prescription Monitoring Program are adopted pursuant to § 54.1-2521.The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005 (NASPER) created a formula grant program under the authority of the Secretary for Health and Human Services. In order to qualify for federal funding available since 2010, Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program is required to include certain information. States receiving NASPER grants must adopt the 4.1 or higher version of the American Society of Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) reporting standard to ensure that gross formatting errors are minimized. In 42 USC 280g-3, the Secretary is required to “specify a uniform electronic format for the reporting, sharing and disclosure of information under this section.” To that end, The Secretary has identified the ASAP 4.1 reporting standard; subsection A of section 40 is amended to identify that standard as the format pharmacies must use for reporting data. Data elements of the required report, set out in 42 USC 280g-3 are already listed in §54.1-2521 of the Code of Virginia or are added in new subsection E of section 40, several of which are already included on the current reporting format.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 A 4 c
RIS Project Yes  [002738]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5802 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/01/2011.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ashley Carter  / Program Manager
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4282    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.