Controlled substances; nonresident pharmacies reporting and approval requirements. (SB405)

Introduced By

Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Controlled substances; nonresident pharmacies; penalties. Adds new penalties and increases existing penalties related to controlled substances including: (i) a medical practitioner wrongly prescribing or dispensing a Schedule I or II drug shall be imprisoned for not less than five nor more than 40 years and fined not more than $500,000, and upon a second or subsequent conviction, may be sentenced to imprisonment for life and be fined not more than $500,000, and for Schedule III through V drugs, shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony; (ii) a pharmacist violating any provision of the Drug Control Act shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony for the first offense, and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense; and (iii) any person wrongfully obtaining a drug through fraud, forgery, misrepresentation, etc., shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony for the first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense, rather than the current Class 6 felony for all such offenses. Also adds new reporting and approval requirements for nonresident pharmacies doing business over the internet and via electronic mail. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084633300
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2008Impact statement from VCSC (SB405)
01/30/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2008Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2008Committee substitute printed 089044300-S1
01/31/2008Impact statement from VCSC (SB405S1)
02/05/2008Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Committee substitute printed 081548300-S2
02/06/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Read second time
02/07/2008Committee substitute Courts of Justice rejected 089044300-S1
02/07/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2008Committee substitute Finance agreed to 081548300-S2
02/07/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB405S2
02/08/2008Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/19/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2008Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/27/2008Reported from Appropriations (23-Y 0-N)
02/29/2008Read second time
03/03/2008Passed by for the day
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Passed House (90-Y 6-N)
03/04/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (90-Y 6-N)
03/05/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB405ER)
03/05/2008Signed by Speaker
03/06/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB405ER)
03/06/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 618 (effective 7/1/08)
03/18/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0618)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1147.