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Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.
VaAware.com offers resources for combating RX drug and heroin abuse
In response to this crisis of addiction, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia recommended that state agencies create a comprehensive website. Here is VaAware.com, an online resource developed as an informational tool for all citizens of Virginia.
The site features specific pages for parents, educators, licensed practitioners, law enforcement officers and drug dependents, and offers best practices for recognizing, preventing, diagnosing, treating, and recovering from opioid/heroin abuse.
FDA News Release
The FDA announced on August 31, 2016 that strong warnings are issued against the concurrent use of prescription opioid analgesics and cough medicines along with benzodiazepines. Serious risks and death have been associated with this combination. For more information please read the annoucement
Growing number of Zika virus cases reported in Virginia
Primarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another. In fact, 15 cases have been reported in the Commonwealth as of May 12, 2016. Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers a variety of related information and tools on its website.
How a consumer may properly dispose
of unwanted prescription drugs.
Guidance from the FDA
List of Authorized Collectors of Drugs for Destruction
Naloxone protocol - Pharmacists shall follow this protocol when dispensing naloxone pursuant to an oral, written or standing order to a person to administer to another person believed to be experiencing or about to experience a life-threatening opiate overdose as authorized in §54.1-3408.
REVIVE! Pharmacy Dispensing Brochure - This brochure is designed for pharmacists to distribute along with naloxone. Pharmacists may obtain kits for dispensing naloxone for intranasal administration by contacting REVIVE@dbhds.virginia.gov
Additional information regarding REVIVE!, the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education program may be accessed here .
Message from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
NTSB has recently adopted a safety study about the risk of impairment in transportation accidents. As a result, it has made several recommendations including publication and dissemination of a reminder to all prescribers and pharmacists of the importance of routinely discussing with patients the effect their diagnosed medical conditions or recommended drugs may have on their ability to safely operate a vehicle in any mode of transportation. Click here to read an excerpt from the study.
Video Resource - Prescription Drug Abuse - Red Flags for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
An educational video for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing prescriptions was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. This 12-minute video, entitled, "Red Flags," includes a foreword from Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director, Caroline D. Juran.
Information regarding Requirement for Nonresident Pharmacies to Submit Current Inspection Report:
Information on prescription drug abuse and medication safety (AWARxE)
Buying medicine online
For information about buying
medicine online, visit the Consumer Protection section of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®
(NABP®) Web site.
For more information:
Buying Medicine and Medical Products over the Internet from the FDA
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Laws & Regulations
Applications & Forms
Download the Forms and Applications available from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.
View and download the available guidance documents from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
Board of Pharmacy CalendarThe Board of Pharmacy's Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFind the answers to common questions
Newsletters & PresentationsRead the latest board news and see recent presentations in the Newsletters & Presentations page.
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.