Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 247
Petition Information
Petition Title Use of electronic devices in lieu of emergency or stat-box kits in long-term care faciilties for initial doses
Date Filed 7/15/2016    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Roger StClair 
Petitioner's Request

To authorize use of electronic devices in lieu of manual emergency drug kits and stat-drug boxes to provide for initiating therapy prior to the receipt of ordered drugs from the pharmacy. Current regulation does not designate electronic devices being utilized as unit dose systems purely for first dose non-routine vs automated dispensing devices utilized for full or routine dispensing in Long Term Care facilities.

Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on August 8, 2016.  Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; comment will be requested until August 31, 2016.

Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language in Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy.  This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting scheduled for September 7, 2016, and the petitioner will be informed of the Board’s decision after that meeting.

Comment Period Began 8/8/2016    Ended 8/31/2016
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 7/15/2016
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 8/8/2016     Volume: 32  Issue: 25
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/7/2016
Decision Publication Date Published on: 10/3/2016     Volume: 33  Issue: 3
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on September 7, 2016, the Board considered the petition and a public comment in support.  The Board concluded it will issue a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action to consider an amendment to the allowance in 18VAC110-20-555, which currently provides: Drugs that would be stocked in an emergency drug kit pursuant to 18VAC110-20-540 may be accessed prior to receiving electronic authorization from the pharmacist provided that the absence of the drugs would threaten the survival of the patients. Additionally, the Board will consider amending the quantity limitations for drugs accessed by an automatic dispensing device.

Associated regulatory action Response to petitions for rulemaking
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Contact Information
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