HB 487 Practice of pharmacy.
George E. Broman, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Practice of pharmacy. Provides two exceptions from the requirements for the practice of pharmacy for practitioners of medicine or osteopathy relating to obtaining prescription drugs without charge for indigent patients, i.e., through pharmaceutical manufacturers' indigent programs and through donations from other entities. Practitioners who participate in pharmaceutical manufacturers' indigent programs in which the manufacturer donates a stock bottle of the prescription drug that is to be dispensed to an indigent patient are provided authority to dispense such drugs. The labeling and packaging standards will apply (packaging can be changed by the practitioner or the patient) and the drug cannot be used for any other purpose, unless the manufacturer authorizes dispensing to another indigent patient. Practitioners may, in lieu of dispensing directly to the patient, transfer the stock bottle to a pharmacy participating in the indigent program. The participating practitioner and the pharmacy are prohibited from charging the patient a fee for the medication. A reasonable dispensing or administrative fee to offset the cost of dispensing may be charged, not to exceed the comparable allowable fee reimbursed by the Virginia Medicaid program; however, if the patient is unable to pay the dispensing or administrative fee, this fee must be waived. In addition, practitioners of medicine or osteopathy are authorized to provide controlled substances to their own patients in free clinics without charge when the drugs have been donated by an entity other than a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The practitioner must first obtain a controlled substances registration and will be required to comply with the existing labeling and packaging requirements. Enactment clauses require emergency regulations and mandate that the Board of Pharmacy advise and assist free clinics in revolving issues relating to the practice of pharmacy and the Drug Control Act. This bill is identical to SB 145.

Full text:
01/09/02  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 022068650  pdf | impact statement
02/21/02  Senate: Committee substitute printed 026538400-S1  pdf
03/09/02  House: Conference substitute printed 022119650-H1  pdf
03/15/02  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB487ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/08/02  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0707)  pdf

Conference amendments

01/09/02  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 022068650
01/09/02  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/21/02  House: Assigned to H. W. I. sub-committee: 1
01/22/02  House: Reported from H. W. I. (22-Y 0-N)
01/23/02  House: Read first time
01/24/02  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/02  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/02  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/02  House: Communicated to Senate
01/28/02  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/02  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/02  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/21/02  Senate: Committee substitute printed 026538400-S1
02/22/02  Senate: Const. reading disp., passed by for the day (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/02  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/02  Senate: Read third time
02/25/02  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/25/02  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 026538400-S1
02/25/02  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 026538400-S1
02/25/02  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/25/02  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/26/02  House: Placed on Calendar
02/27/02  House: Passed by for the day
02/28/02  House: Senate substitute rejected by House (5-Y 89-N)
02/28/02  House: VOTE: REJECTED (5-Y 89-N)
03/04/02  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/04/02  Senate: VOTE: INSIST & REQUEST (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/04/02  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
03/05/02  House: House acceded to request
03/05/02  House: Conferees appointed by House
03/05/02  House: Delegates: Jones, S.C., Broman, Darner
03/06/02  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/02  Senate: Senators: Potts, Bolling, Edwards
03/08/02  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
03/08/02  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/02  Senate: VOTE: CONF. COMMITTEE RPT. (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/02  House: Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/08/02  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
03/09/02  House: Conference substitute printed 022119650-H1
03/15/02  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB487ER)
03/18/02  House: Enrolled
03/18/02  House: Signed by Speaker
03/19/02  Senate: Signed by President
04/06/02  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 707 (effective - see bill)
04/08/02  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0707)