Public health practitioners; requirements for issuing prescriptions, exceptions. (HB1914)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Requirements for issuing prescriptions; exceptions for public health practitioners. Authorizes practitioners contracted by the Department of Health and practitioners employed or contracted by a local health department to prescribe antibiotic therapy to the sexual partner of a patient diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease without the physical examination normally required. Under current law, only employees of the Department of Health are so authorized. Additionally, the bill authorizes a practitioner, who is an employee of or contracted by the Department of Health or a local health department, to prescribe Schedule VI antibiotics and antiviral agents to other persons in close contact with a diagnosed patient without a bona-fide practitioner-patient relationship with the diagnosed patient when emergency treatment is necessary to prevent imminent risk of death, life-threatening illness, or serious disability. Amends § 54.1-3303, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/17/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101794D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/11/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/11/2019Impact statement from VDH (HB1914)
01/17/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)

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