SB 145 Practice of pharmacy.
Thomas K. Norment, 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 HB 487.

Full text:
01/09/02  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 022020508  pdf | impact statement
02/04/02  Senate: Printed as engrossed 022020508-E  pdf | impact statement
02/21/02  House: Committee substitute printed 022547508-H1  pdf
03/12/02  Senate: Conference substitute printed 022553508-S1  pdf
03/15/02  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB145ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/08/02  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0666)  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments
Conference amendments

Status:
01/09/02  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 022020508
01/09/02  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/31/02  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with amendment (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/01/02  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/01/02  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (38-Y 0-N)
02/04/02  Senate: Read second time
02/04/02  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/04/02  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/02  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/04/02  Senate: Printed as engrossed 022020508-E
02/05/02  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/05/02  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/05/02  Senate: Communicated to House
02/13/02  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/02  House: Read first time
02/13/02  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/02  House: Reported from H. W. I. w/substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/21/02  House: Committee substitute printed 022547508-H1
02/22/02  House: Read second time
02/25/02  House: Read third time
02/25/02  House: Committee substitute agreed to 022547508-H1
02/25/02  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute 022547508-H1
02/25/02  House: Passed House with substitute (97-Y 1-N)
02/25/02  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N)
02/27/02  Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 33-N 1-A)
02/27/02  Senate: VOTE: REJECT HOUSE AMENDMENT (5-Y 33-N 1-A)
02/28/02  House: House insisted on substitute
02/28/02  House: House requested conference committee
03/04/02  Senate: Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/02  Senate: VOTE: ACCEDE CONF. COMM. (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/02  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/02  Senate: Senators: Norment, Ruff, Houck
03/05/02  House: Conferees appointed by House
03/05/02  House: Delegates: Jones, S.C., Broman, Darner
03/09/02  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
03/09/02  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/09/02  Senate: VOTE: CONF. COMMITTEE RPT. (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/09/02  House: Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/02  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
03/12/02  Senate: Conference substitute printed 022553508-S1
03/15/02  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB145ER)
03/18/02  Senate: Enrolled
03/18/02  House: Signed by Speaker
03/19/02  Senate: Signed by President
04/06/02  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 666 (effective - see bill)
04/08/02  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0666)