|Petition Title||Revision to pharmacist check in hospitals|
|Date Filed||12/31/2015 [Transmittal Sheet]|
To allow bar code and RFID scanning to extend the pharmacist check, once the bar code or RFID scan has been verified once for each product by a pharmacist.
Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov; comment will be requested until February 24, 2016.
Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language in Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy. This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting scheduled for March 25, 2016, and the petitioner will be informed of the Board’s decision on his request after that meeting
|Comment Period||Ended 2/24/2016 0 comments|
|Agency Decision||Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]|
|Agency Decision Summary||
At its meeting on March 25th, the Board considered the petition; there were no public comments received in support or in opposition. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board denied the request in the petition since there is a mechanism through the consideration of an innovative (pilot) program for use of this technology in lieu of pharmacist verification.
In order to accomplish the recommended change, the petitioner could consider submitting an application for the pilot process with specificity for the practice proposed. Additionally, the petitioner was reminded that one may currently use bar code and RFID technology to assist staff in the dispensing process; however it cannot replace the required pharmacist verification of accuracy. While the Board does not intend to initiate rulemaking at this time, the Board will continue to test out efficiencies and innovation in pharmacy practice through pilots for which the results can inform policy decisions.
|Name / Title:||Elaine Yeatts / Agency Regulatory Coordinator|
9960 Mayland Drive
|Telephone:||(804)367-4688 FAX: (804)527-4434 TDD: ()-|