December 1, 2016

Virginia is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and the majority of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. Since 1999, the national rate of overdose deaths involving opioids – including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin – nearly quadrupled, and over 165,000 people have died from prescription opioid overdoses. Fatal drug overdoses are now the number one method of unnatural death in the...

November 17, 2016

Antibiotic resistance is a challenge for health care providers and patients. It is estimated that at least two million Americans each year become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, leading to 23,000 deaths. Four leading health care organizations in Virginia – the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Health Quality Innovators (HQI), and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) – are collaborating to promote antibiotic...

August 30, 2016

The Virginia Board of Pharmacy issued a guidance document on physicians dispensing drugs and the types of dispensing licenses available to physicians: 

  • Permitted physicians – Practice as a pharmacy. This authorizes the Board to license a physician to practice pharmacy when good cause is shown that the pharmacy services are nto otherwise readily available. This license is usually granted to physicians working in rural areas.
  • Physicians selling drugs. This more common...