State Plan Amendment Establishing an Alternative Benefit Plan

Pursuant to 42 CFR 440.386, the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) hereby affords the public notice of its intention to seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a state plan amendment (SPA) to establish an Alternative Benefit Plan (ABP) authorized under section 1937 of the Social Security Act […]

How to Report Naloxone without a DEA Number

How to Report Naloxone and Gabapentin When the Prescriber Does Not Have a DEA Number With respect to reporting of naloxone where the prescriber does not have a DEA license number, the following should be noted: Typically records submitted to the VA PMP require a dispenser/pharmacy DEA and prescriber DEA.  Gabapentin is not a scheduled […]

Board of Pharmacy Request for Comment

Placement of Chemicals in Schedule I The Virginia Board of Pharmacy is currently accepting comments on the placement of chemical substances in Schedule I of the Drug Control Act. Comments are due June 7, 2018. Read More

Board of Pharmacy Inspection Report

Frequency Cited Deficiencies A list of frequently cited deficiencies from September 2016-February 2018 was presented as part of the discussion during the March 29th meeting of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. We hope this information will our members be better prepared for an inspection. View Report

Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Naloxone, an Opioid Overdose-Reversing Drug

Urges more individuals to carry life-saving medication Today, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., urged more Americans to carry a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The medication, naloxone, is already carried by many first responders, such as EMTs and police officers The Surgeon General is now recommending […]

New/Updated Board of Pharmacy Guidance Documents

New Guidance Document Posted Board of Pharmacy  Agency Department of Health Professions  Guidance Document Provision of counseling and information by pharmacists on proper drug disposal View this Guidance Document   Guidance Document Updated Board of Pharmacy  Agency Department of Health Professions  Guidance Document Protocol for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Naloxone View this Guidance Document […]

Department of Health Professions Position Available

The Department of Health Professions is currently seeking an Inspections Manager.  This sworn position within the Enforcement Division independently manages the state-wide inspection of facilities regulated by the Department of Health Professions, in order to safeguard the lives, health, and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  This position is responsible for inspector performance, development, […]

Governor Proclaims October “Virginia Pharmacists Month!”

Governor McAuliffe has recognized October 2017 as Virginia Pharmacists Month! WHEREAS, pharmacists are vital members of healthcare teams and are directly involved in patient care; and WHEREAS, pharmacists are among the most accessible healthcare providers in the community; and WHEREAS, today’s increasingly complex medications require individualized medication management and prevention strategies; and WHEREAS, there are […]

Update on USP General Chapter <800>

USP is announcing the intent to postpone the official date of General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. To protect patients and healthcare workers from potential harm, USP General Chapters <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings and <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations are designed to provide comprehensive standards for […]

Call for Incentive Grant Applications

The VPhA Foundation will award $1,000 to $2,500 project grants to provide seed money to help pharmacists explore and implement services that enhance their role as healthcare providers and improve patient outcomes.  Each project must be completed within one to two years. Successful applicants are limited to one grant per grant period (one to two […]