Under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Patient-Centered Community Care Program (PC3) and Veterans Choice Program (VCP), VA is primarily responsible for supplying Veterans with medications that are not urgent or emergent.

All medications must be prescribed in accordance with the VA National Formulary. For providers prescribing opioid-based medications, please review our Opioid Crisis Resource Page.

Key Points to Remember

Non-Urgent/Non-Emergent Medications

VA allows PC3 or VCP providers to write prescriptions for a Veteran, as long as the medication is prescribed during an authorized episode-of-care. Providers should follow the rules of the VA National Formulary when prescribing. Be sure to fax both the authorization and prescription to the appropriate VA Medical Center. If the Veteran prefers to take his or her prescription to the pharmacy, he or she will need to bring a copy of the authorization as well.

Urgent/Emergent Process

PC3 or VCP providers may also prescribe a Veteran medication for urgent or emergent care. In this case: