Topical drugs; administration by dental hygienists, physician assistants, and nurses. (HB2493)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administration of topical drugs; dental hygienists, physician assistants, and nurses. Authorizes a dental hygienist practicing under remote supervision to administer topical oral anesthetics, topical and directly applied antimicrobial agents for treatment of periodontal pocket lesions, and any other Schedule VI topical drug approved by the Board of Dentistry. Under current law, a dental hygienist must be practicing under general supervision to do so. Additionally, the bill authorizes a physician assistant, nurse, or dental hygienist to possess and administer topical fluoride varnish pursuant to an oral or written order or a standing protocol. Under current law, such possession and administration is limited to administration to children aged six months to three years and is required to conform to standards adopted by the Department of Health. Amends § 54.1-2722, § 54.1-3408, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/16/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101774D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2493)
01/16/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1

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