Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 320
Petition Information
Petition Title Remote order processing by technicians
Date Filed 4/2/2020    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Bioscript Infusion Services 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 276 to allow remote order processing by technicians outside the physical location of a licensed pharmacy.  Currently, pharmacists are allowed to perform prescription processing functions from remote location. Petitioner’s request is to allow pharmacy technicians to also process orders under the supervision of a pharmacist under certain conditions as specified in regulation.

Agency's Plan

Following a 30-day comment period, the Board will consider the petition and any comment received at its next meeting, which is currently scheduled for June 16.

Comment Period Ended 5/27/2020
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 6/17/2020
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on June 16, 2020, the Board considered your petition and public comment it received.  The Board concluded it will not move forward with initiation of rulemaking at this time. However, the matter was referred to the Regulation Committee for further study and recommendation on amendments. The Committee is scheduled to meet on November 12, 2020.

It was also noted at the meeting on the 16th that a waiver put in place on March 24, 2020, as part of the Board’s response to the Governor’s State of Emergency, allows a pharmacy technician or a pharmacist to access an employer pharmacy’s database from a remote location for the purpose of performing certain prescription processing functions provided the pharmacy establishes controls to protect the privacy and security of confidential records.



Contact Information
Name / Title: Caroline Juran, RPh  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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