Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Petition 112
Petition Information
Petition Title Requirement for filing prescription
Date Filed 5/17/2010    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Eric Haas 
Petitioner's Request

Amend requirement for filing prescriptions to allow filing by date of initial dispensing or date of initial entry into pharmacy electronic record keeping system if such a system is employed by the pharmacy. The rationale for the request is that prescriptions are often placed into electronic systems for later dispensing, and retrieval and reassignment of the date is cumbersome and unnecessary and may promote errors in a patient's record.

Agency's Plan

The Board will receive public comment on the petition for rule-making and will review the petition and any comment at its meeting on September 8, 2010 to make decision on whether to initiate rule-making.

Comment Period Began 6/21/2010    Ended 7/21/2010
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/8/2010
Agency Decision Summary

The Board denied the petition but agreed that it would like to query other states to determine policies and/or rules for entry of different dates into an electronic record keeping system. An informal opinion from the Drug Enforcement Administration states that, while not directly prohibited, the policy of "holding" a prescription in a computer for subsequent filling is not advisable and presents a diversion issue. The Board will revisit the request after additional information is obtained.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4688    FAX: (804)527-4434    TDD: ()-