Drug Control Act; classifies gabapentin as a Schedule V controlled substance. (HB2557)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patron Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Drug Control Act; Schedule V; gabapentin. Classifies gabapentin as a Schedule V controlled substance. Current law lists gabapentin as a drug of concern. The bill also removes the list of drugs of concern from the Code of Virginia and provides that any wholesale drug distributor licensed and regulated by the Board of Pharmacy and registered with and regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shall have until July 1, 2020, or within six months of final approval of compliance from the Board of Pharmacy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, whichever is earlier, to comply with storage requirements for Schedule V controlled substances containing gabapentin. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101661D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2557)
01/22/2019Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Read first time
01/25/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/28/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2019Committee substitute printed 19106567D-S1
02/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2557S1)
02/08/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Read third time
02/11/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106567D-S1
02/11/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2557S1
02/11/2019Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Placed on Calendar
02/13/2019Senate substitute agreed to by House 19106567D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2557ER)
02/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2557ER)
02/15/2019Signed by Speaker
02/15/2019Signed by President
02/19/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/19/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2019
02/19/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/05/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 214 (effective 7/1/19)
03/05/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0214)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.