Pharmacists; initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administering of controlled substances. (HB1506)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pharmacists; prescribing, dispensing, and administration of controlled substances. Allows a pharmacist to initiate treatment with and dispense and administer certain drugs and devices to persons 18 years of age or older in accordance with a statewide protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Board of Medicine and the Department of Health. The bill directs the Board of Pharmacy to establish such protocols by November 1, 2020, to promulgate emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill, and to convene a work group to provide recommendations regarding the development of protocols for the initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administering of additional drugs and devices for persons 18 years of age and older. The bill also clarifies that an accident and sickness insurance policy that provides reimbursement for a service that may be legally performed by a licensed pharmacist shall provide reimbursement for the initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administration of controlled substances by a pharmacist when such initiating of treatment with or dispensing or administration is in accordance with regulations of the Board of Pharmacy. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105023D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1506)
02/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107565D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107565D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1506H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (94-Y 2-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (94-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1506H1)
02/27/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20109069D-S1
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1506S1)
02/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/02/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109069D-S1
03/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1506S1
03/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Placed on Calendar
03/03/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109069D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2020House acceded to request
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Sickles, Willett, Hodges
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Dunnavant, Barker, Newman, Lewis
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109812D-H2
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1506H2)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1506ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1506ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 731 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0731)