Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy [18 VAC 110 ‑ 20]
This action is part of the regulatory reform initiative.
Modifications to requirements for automated dispensing devices for less burdensome process
Action 3578
General Information
Action Summary The Board of Pharmacy received three petitions for rulemaking from hospital pharmacists requesting an amendment to #5 of section 490 in Chapter 20, which provides requirements for automated devices for dispensing and administration of drugs. The petitioners requested less burdensome requirements for verification of storage, location, expiration dates, drug security and validity of access codes. While the Board agreed that the petition was reasonable and the specific requirements in #5 may need to be modified for consistency with current technology, it concluded that all of section 490 should be examined for possible amendments that would ensure drug security and integrity but would make compliance less burdensome.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [003017]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Automated dispensing devices in hospitals
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
6032 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/21/2011.
6267 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/02/2013.
6762 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/12/2014.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Caroline Juran, RPh  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4456    FAX: (804)527-4472    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.