|Petition Title||Requirement for non-resident pharmacy to remotely process a prescription|
|Petitioner||Ken Dandurand on behalf of MedNovations|
Amend regulations to allow a non-resident pharmacy to remotely process a prescription for a Virginia patient in long-term care or a hospital by pharmacists not licensed in Virginia but licensed in the state where the non-resident pharmacy is located.
|Agency's Plan||The Board will review public comment and decide whether to initiate rulemaking at its meeting on December 12, 2007.|
|Comment Period||Ended 10/31/2007 0 comments|
|Agency Decision||Take no action|
|Agency Decision Summary||
The Board has denied the petition because it believes a requirement for a Virginia pharmacist to be involved in the dispensing process is necessary for public protection and for accountability in a case of prescription error. There are differences in statutes and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy, so pharmacists who provide prescription processing for hospitals and long-term care facilities from remote locations need to be familiar with Virginia requirements for a prescription. Obtaining a license in Virginia is not burdensome but it does require passage of a jurisprudence examination, assuring familiarity with Virginia laws and regulations.
The petitioner cited section 276 on remote processing of a prescription for retail pharmacies, but subsection B of that section does require that "a pharmacist licensed in Virginia, whether at the remote pharmacy or the dispensing pharmacy, shall perform a check for accuracy on all processing done by the remote processor." The Board believes patients in hospitals and nursing homes should have the same protection.