Electronic transmission of certain prescriptions; exceptions. (HB2559)

Introduced By

Del. 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


Electronic transmission of certain prescriptions; exceptions. Provides certain exceptions, effective July 1, 2020, to the requirement that any prescription for a controlled substance that contains an opioid be issued as an electronic prescription. The bill requires the licensing health regulatory boards of a prescriber to grant such prescriber a waiver of the electronic prescription requirement for a period not to exceed one year due to demonstrated economic hardship, technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the prescriber, or other exceptional circumstances demonstrated by the prescriber. The bill provides that a dispenser is not required to determine whether one of the exceptions applies when he receives a non-electronic prescription for a controlled substances containing opioids. The bill requires the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Optometry to promulgate regulations to implement the prescriber waivers. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group to identify successes and challenges of the electronic prescription requirement and offer possible recommendations for increasing the electronic prescribing of controlled substances and to report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 1, 2022. Amends § 54.1-3408.02, § 54.1-3410, 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 19101805D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2559)
01/16/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2

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