Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 11
Petition Information
Petition Title Refilling of scheduled drugs
Date Filed 7/16/2003   
Petitioner Gregory C. Chase, RPh 
Petitioner's Request

Limit the time period on refills of Schedule VI drugs from two years to one year from date of issue for consistency with most other states and insurance plans and to reduce the number of invalid doctor/patient relationships after one year.

Agency's Plan

The Board will discuss the merits of the petition at its meeting on September 8, 2003 and then will consider any public comment prior to making a decision on whether to initiate rule-making at its meeting on November 25, 2003.

Comment Period Began 9/22/2003    Ended 10/13/2003
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change    
Response Date 12/1/2003
Agency Decision Summary

The Board voted to begin the process of amending regulations because the current regulation is in conflict with the policy of all third-party insurance companies that requires prescriptions to be renewed annually in order to be reimbursed. Approximately 85% of all prescriptions are covered by Medicaid or some other third-party. The disparity in requirements causes confusion on the part of patients who believe they have refills remaining, but the pharmacy cannot refill the prescription if third-party reimbursement is involved.

Associated regulatory action Limitation on refills of Schedule VI drugs
Latest Stage: Final