Opiate prescriptions; electronic prescriptions. (SB1230)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patrons Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), and Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


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


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101418D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1230)
01/16/2017Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/19/2017Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2017Read second time
01/23/2017Reading of amendment waived
01/23/2017Committee amendment agreed to
01/23/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1230E
01/23/2017Printed as engrossed 17101418D-E
01/24/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1230E)
01/24/2017Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Placed on Calendar
01/31/2017Read first time
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/09/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Read second time
02/13/2017Passed by for the day
02/14/2017Read third time
02/14/2017Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2017Engrossed by House as amended
02/14/2017Passed House with amendments (96-Y 0-N)
02/14/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1230ER)
02/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1230ER)
02/20/2017Signed by Speaker
02/21/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 429 (effective - see bill)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0429)