Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Va. Code Ann. 32.1-42.1

Summary Title

Scope of Practice: Drug Administration During a Declared Emergency


When an emergency declaration is in effect, the Virginia Commissioner of Health can authorize individuals who are otherwise not authorized to administer or dispense drugs, but who have some training regarding the safe administration of drugs, to administer and dispense drugs.

Full Title

Administration and dispensing of necessary drugs and devices during a declared disaster or state of emergency

Full Text

The Commissioner, pursuant to § 54.1-3408, may authorize persons who are not authorized by law to administer or dispense drugs or devices to administer or dispense all necessary drugs or devices in accordance with protocols established by the Commissioner when (i) the Governor has declared a disaster or a state of emergency or the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services has issued a declaration of an actual or potential bioterrorism incident or other actual or potential public health emergency; (ii) it is necessary to permit the provision of needed drugs or devices; and (iii) such persons have received the training necessary to safely administer or dispense the needed drugs or devices. Such persons shall administer or dispense all drugs or devices under the direction, control and supervision of the Commissioner. For purposes of this section, "administer," "device," "dispense," and "drug" shall have the same meaning as provided in § 54.1-3401. The Commissioner shall develop protocols, in consultation with the Department of Health Professions, that address the required training of such persons and procedures for such persons to use in administering or dispensing drugs or devices.