Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 235
Petition Information
Petition Title Revision to pharmacist check in hospitals
Date Filed 12/31/2015    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner David Merryfield 
Petitioner's Request

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.

Agency's Plan

Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; 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
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 4/7/2016
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.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
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