RD480 - Virginia Department of Health Professions Virginia Board of Pharmacy Report on Development of Protocols for Pharmacist-Initiation of Treatment – October 2020

Executive Summary:

Report on the findings and recommendations of the work group convened to provide recommendations regarding the development of protocols for the initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administering by pharmacists to persons 18 years of age or older of drugs and devices, including (i) vaccines included on the Immunization Schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (ii) drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tobacco cessation therapy, including nicotine replacement therapy; (iii) tuberculin purified protein derivative for tuberculosis testing; (iv) controlled substances or devices for the treatment of diseases or conditions for which clinical decision making can be guided by a clinical test that is classified as waived under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, including influenza virus, Helicobacter pylori bacteria, urinary tract infection, and group A Streptococcus bacteria; (v) controlled substances for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus, including controlled substances prescribed for pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis pursuant to guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and (vi) drugs other than controlled substances, including drugs sold over the counter, for which the patient's health insurance provider requires a prescription.