Prescription Monitoring Program; requirements for dispensers. (HB1841)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prescription Monitoring Program; requirements for dispensers. Requires every prescriber who is authorized to prescribe covered substances and every dispenser to be registered with the Prescription Monitoring Program and allows prescribers and dispensers six months to comply with the registration requirement; provides that a prescriber shall request information about a recipient any time the prescriber prescribes a 90-day supply of benzodiazepine or opiate, regardless of whether a treatment plan has been entered into; requires a dispenser registered with the program to request information about covered substances that have been dispensed to a patient when the dispenser is dispensing benzodiazepines or opiates expected to last more than 90 days; and authorizes the Director the Department of Health Professions to disclose information about a specific recipient to a dispenser for the purpose of establishing a prescription history to assist the dispenser in determining what, if any, other covered substances have been dispensed to the patient. This bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016 for provisions requiring dispensers and prescribers to register with the Prescription Monitoring Program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101501D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2015Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
01/26/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1841)
01/27/2015Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104091D-H1
01/28/2015Read first time
01/29/2015Read second time
01/29/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104091D-H1
01/29/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1841H1
01/30/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/30/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1841H1)
02/02/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/19/2015Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1841ER)
02/26/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/27/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/27/15
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/02/2015Impact statement from VDH (HB1841ER)
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 517 (effective 1/1/16 see bill)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0517)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.