Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 204
Petition Information
Petition Title Prescribing weight loss drugs
Date Filed 2/25/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Sue Cressel 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 90 which sets out the requirements for prescribing weight-loss drugs to allow nurse practitioners to prescribe without the patient being seen by the physician.

Agency's Plan

 The petition will be published on March 24, 2014 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending April 23, 2014.

Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language.  This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting on June 19, 2014.

Comment Period Began 3/24/2014    Ended 4/23/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 2/25/2014
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 3/24/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 15
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/8/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 9/8/2014     Volume: 31  Issue: 1
Agency Decision Summary

The Board voted to accept the petition and initiate rulemaking. The amended rule will authorize a nurse practitioner to perform the physical examination, order and evaluate tests and prescribe Schedule III through VI drugs for obesity, provided such authorization is specified in the practice agreement with the patient care team physician with whom she/he has a collaborative arrangement.

Associated regulatory action Pharmacotherapy for weight loss by PA's and NP's
Latest Stage: Fast-Track

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4688    FAX: (804)527-4434    TDD: ()-