Opiate prescriptions; electronic prescriptions. (HB2165)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patrons Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol), and Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Opiate prescriptions; electronic prescriptions. Requires a prescription for any controlled substance containing an opiate to be issued as an electronic prescription and prohibits a pharmacist from dispensing a controlled substance that contains an opiate unless the prescription is issued as an electronic prescription, beginning July 1, 2020. The bill defines electronic prescription as a written prescription that is generated on an electronic application in accordance with federal regulations and is transmitted to a pharmacy as an electronic data file. The bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group to review actions necessary for the implementation of the bill's provisions and report on the work group's progress to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 1, 2017 and a final report to such Chairmen by November 1, 2018. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101952D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2165)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (9-Y 0-N)
01/26/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2017Engrossed by House as amended HB2165E
01/30/2017Printed as engrossed 17101952D-E
01/31/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/31/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2165)
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2165E)
02/09/2017Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Read third time
02/13/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2165ER)
02/15/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2165ER)
02/15/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 115 (effective - see bill)
02/21/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0115)