Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 148
Petition Information
Petition Title Automated dispensing devices in hospitals
Date Filed 5/27/2011    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Karen Dunavant, Courtney Fuller and Annette Reichenbaugh 
Petitioner's Request

Amend requirement for monthly inspection of automated dispensing devices by pharmacy personnel to verify proper storage, location of drugs, expiration dates, drug security and validity of access codes.

Agency's Plan

The Board will publish the petitions on June 20, 2011 and request 21 days of public comment ending July 11, 2011.  The Board will consider the petitions and comments received at its meeting on September 22, 2011 to determine whether to initiate a regulatory action.

Comment Period Began 6/20/2011    Ended 7/11/2011
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 5/27/2011
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 6/20/2011     Volume: 27  Issue: 21
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/29/2011
Decision Publication Date Published on: 10/24/2011     Volume: 28  Issue: 4
Agency Decision 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.

Associated regulatory action Modifications to requirements for automated dispensing devices for less burdensome process
Latest Stage: Final

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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