Prescription drugs; donation of used medicines. (SB544)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prescription drug donation program. Requires that the existing prescription drug donation program regulated by the Board of Pharmacy accept eligible prescription drugs from individuals, including those residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or intermediate care facilities established for individuals with intellectual disability (ICF/IID), licensed hospitals, any facility operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, from an agent pursuant to a power of attorney, a decedent's personal representative, a legal guardian of an incapacitated person, and a guardian ad litem donated on behalf of the represented individual. The bill also provides liability protection for those who donate, accept, and dispense such unused drugs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103199D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/22/2018Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/25/2018Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/30/2018Passed by for the day
01/31/2018Passed by for the day
02/01/2018Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2018Floor substitute printed 18106538D-S1 (Obenshain)
02/01/2018Substitute by Senator Obenshain agreed to 18106538D-S1
02/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB544S1
02/01/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB544)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/05/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB544S1)
02/20/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read second time
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB544ER)
02/27/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB544ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/19/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 376 (effective 7/1/18)
03/19/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0376)