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  • 05/11/2020 3:03 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Hemisha Patel, our New Student Mentorship Chair

    More information about the Mentorship Program can be found at:

  • 05/07/2020 10:35 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)



    The pharmacy community had a very active and productive session. We led, supported, or engaged in several legislative priorities around pharmacy technician education, advanced pharmacy scope, pharmacy benefit manager reform, drug disposal, and pharmacy reporting requirements.

    Below are updates on three main pieces of legislation that will directly affect pharmacists and that VSHP will remain engaged as a stakeholder in the regulatory process. Also included is an update on PBM reform.

    Enhanced Pharmacy Technician Education and Training

    VSHP was the leader on legislation to enhance the education and training requirements for pharmacy technicians. Last year, we worked extensively with the Board of Pharmacy and other stakeholders to pursue legislation on behalf of the pharmacy community. HB 1304 and SB 830, sponsored by Delegate Keith Hodges and Senator Lynwood Lewis, passed and have been signed the Governor. Below is an outline of the legislation’s provisions.

    • To be registered as a pharmacy technician, requires:
      • Successful completion of (1) a Board-approved accredited or other legally accepted training program and (2) a national certification examination.
        • Accepted training programs include:
          • Accredited training program approved by the Board of Pharmacy, including the Virginia Department of Education’s Career & Technical Education programs
          • Federal or military program
        • Accepted national certification examinations include:
          • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB/CPhT)
          • National Healthcareer Association (ExCPT/CPhT).
    • Grandfathers all current registered pharmacy technicians, and delays the accreditation requirement until July 1, 2022 to give training programs time to get up to speed.
    • Requires the Board of Pharmacy to promulgate regulations for those who have passed a national certification examination required by the Board but did not complete a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program, who have successfully completed or were enrolled in a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program, or are currently practicing as a pharmacy technician in another U.S. jurisdiction.
    • Creates a “pharmacy technician trainee” registered with the Board of Pharmacy for trainees to gain practical experience under the supervision of a pharmacist, only while the trainee is enrolled in an approved training program.
    • Requires the Board of Pharmacy to convene a work group to report recommendations on adding duties and tasks of registered pharmacy technicians.

    The work group’s report is due by November 1, 2021. VSHP is looking forward to providing feedback on advanced roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians that may be considered.

    To read the full bill, click here:

    Advanced Pharmacist Scope

    HB 1506 (Sickles) allows pharmacists to initiate treatment with, dispense, or administer the following drugs and devices to adults in accordance with a statewide protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Board of Medicine and the Department of Health and set forth in regulations of the Board:

    • Naloxone or other opioid antagonist
    • Epinephrine
    • Injectable or self-administered hormonal contraceptives
    • Prenatal vitamins for which a prescription is required
    • Dietary fluoride supplements
    • Medications covered by the patient’s health carrier when the patient’s out-of-pocket cost is lower than the out-of-pocket cost to purchase an over-the-counter equivalent of the same drug

    Pharmacists who administer any of these drugs are required to notify the patient’s primary health care provider (PCP) if the patient consents to such notification.

    Pharmacists are required to counsel patients who do not have a PCP on the benefits of having a PCP and provide information on access to a PCP, if requested by the patient. 

    Pharmacists who administer hormonal contraceptives are required to counsel the patient regarding seeking preventative care, including routine well-woman visits, testing for sexually transmitted infections, and pap smears.

    The Board of Pharmacy, in collaboration with the Board of Medicine and the Department of Health, will establish related protocols by November 1, 2020, and will promulgate related regulations within 280 days of the effective date of the law, July 1, 2020.

    The Board of Pharmacy will also establish a work group to provide recommendations regarding the development of protocols for expanding scope, to include (indications previously included in the introduced legislation that were not incorporated into the final version of HB 1506):

    • Vaccines
    • Drugs for tobacco cessation therapy
    • Tuberculosis testing
    • CLIA-waived tests and treatments, including influenza virus, Helicobacter pylori bacteria, urinary tract infection, and group A Streptococcus bacteria
    • Controlled substances for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus, including controlled substances prescribed for pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis
    • Drugs other than controlled substances, including drugs sold over the counter, for which the patient’s health insurance provider requires a prescription.

    The work group’s report is due by November 1, 2020. VSHP is looking forward to contributing to this work group.

    To read the full bill, click here:

    Drug Disposal

    HB 1531 (Jenkins) as introduced would have required all pharmacies and hospitals or clinics with an on-site pharmacy to have a mandatory drug disposal program. Pharmacy stakeholders worked with the patron to amend the bill to direct the Board of Pharmacy to enhance public awareness of proper drug disposal methods by assembling a group of stakeholders to develop strategies to increase the number of permissible drug disposal sites and options for the legal disposal of drugs, including requirements that pharmacies, or in-house pharmacies of hospitals or clinics, provide such information to customers.

    The work group’s report is due by November 15, 2020. VSHP is looking forward to contributing to this work group.

    To read the full bill, click here:

    Pharmacy Benefit Managers

    The General Assembly passed legislation that will require licensure for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) under the Bureau of Insurance. HB 1290 (Hodges) and SB 251 (Edwards) regulate PBMs and provide more oversight into their business practices.

    During the General Assembly’s Reconvened Session, the Senate rejected an amendment we opposed that pharmacists and pro-reform advocates believe would have limited network adequacy and benefited PBMs and insurance carriers.

    To view the full bill, click here:


    VSHP will participate in the work groups for pharmacy technician education and training, pharmacist scope, and drug disposal. In addition, we follow or engage in the Board of Pharmacy’s meetings and regulatory process throughout the year.

    Please consider joining VSHP’s Legislative Committee so your voice is heard on matters that affect pharmacists, hospitals, and patients. For more information, please contact VSHP Legislative Committee Chair Natalie Nguyen at, or VSHP lobbyist Mark Hickman at

    If you have additional topics or considerations that you think the VSHP Legislative Committee should prioritize for the 2020 – 2021 cycle, please do not hesitate to reach out to Natalie Nguyen or Mark Hickman.

    Please also make a contribution to our political action committee, VSHP PAC, to help us continue to build strong relationships with legislators. To make a contribution, visit or mail a check payable to VSHP PAC to 118 N. 8th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 with your full name, address, employer, and principal place of business. For questions about VSHP PAC, please contact VSHP PAC Chair Lisa Hammond at or Mark Hickman at

  • 05/02/2020 4:43 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    If you missed one of our webinars, you can find the records to them at:  Webinars and Online CE

    With each webinar you can either view it for free or view it for CE credit (small CE fee applies)

  • 05/01/2020 7:40 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    If you missed the webinar today-Making Sense of Covid-19.  You can listen to the recording at:

    Topic: Making sense of COVID-19
    Start Time : May 1, 2020 11:45 AM

    Meeting Recording:

  • 05/01/2020 2:40 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    FREE CE for VSHP Members! 

    Webinar-Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 12:00pm- 1:00 pm

    Title:  Brexanolone: Birth of a Miracle Drug?


    Katie S. Adams, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCPS

    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry

    Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

    Richmond, VA

    Learning Objectives:

    • ·         -Characterize postpartum depression and its impact
    • ·         -Review current treatment recommendations for postpartum depression
    • ·         -Evaluate available evidence for the use of brexanolone
    • ·         -Discuss practical aspects of the implementation of a protocol for the use of brexanolone

    Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants of the session who complete the evaluation and provide accurate NABP e-Profile information will have their credit for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEU) submitted to CPE Monitor as early as 14 days after the event and no later than 60 days after the event.  Please know that if accurate e-Profile information is not provided within 50 days of the event, credit cannot be claimed after that time.  The participant is accountable for verifying the accurate posting of CE credit to their CPE Monitor account within 60 days. 

    UAN # 0108-0000-20-026-L01-P; 0108-0000-20-026-L01-T

    This is a member service of VSHP.  There is no charge for members to attend.  Dues must be current to receive CE credit.

    Non-members will be charged $20.

    To register:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 05/01/2020 11:09 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The ballot for VSHP elections were emailed to pharmacist members on April 27, 2020.  If you did not receive your ballot, please email

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VSHP Members,

As healthcare providers, we are essential personnel on the front lines of the nation and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In an effort to keep our members up-to-date, we have compiled the information below.  Recent information includes:

Sterile Compounding Resources

1.  Critical Point hosted a webinar on March 18th.  The link to a recorded version and the slides will be available on Critical Point website later today or tomorrow.  Also, you can register, for no charge, as a silver member of Critical Point in order to get access to additional tools.


2.  USP published guidelines today related to re-use of garb used in sterile compounding during COVID-19 pandemic.  It can be found at


3.  USP has also published guidelines related to pharmacy compounding of hand sanitizer.


4. ASHP Planning Resources:

ASHP has developed a checklist that can be utilized to assist health system pharmacy departments and leaders in comprehensive planning.


ASHP has also made their COVID-19 resources available to non-members.


5.In response to Governor Northam’s declared state of emergency in Executive Order Number Fifty-One (2020) regarding COVID-19 and as authorized in §54.1-3307.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency provisions for the duration of the declared emergency.


Please let us know additional resources that would be beneficial as we work together to continue to support our communities as essential healthcare personnel.


Thank you,

VSHP Executive Committee


Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Important COVID-19 Information

In response to Governor Northam’s declared state of emergency in Executive Order Number Fifty-One (2020) regarding COVID-19 and as authorized in §54.1-3307.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency provisions for the duration of the declared emergency.  Click here to access the information.

Questions may be directed to


VSHP participates in ASHP Comments to CMS Regarding Scope of Practice

ASHP, in collaboration with other national pharmacy groups and their affiliates including VSHP, has submitted extensive recommendations to CMS regarding the elimination of regulations that limit pharmacists from practicing at the top of their license. CMS requested additional input and recommendations under the Oct. 3, 2019, Executive Order “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.”



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