Any prescription, which is not part of authorized Department of Veterans Affairs hospital
or outpatient care, for drugs and medicines ordered by a private or non–Department
of Veterans Affairs doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy duly licensed to practice
in the jurisdiction where the prescription is written, shall be filled by a Department
of Veterans Affairs pharmacy or a non–VA pharmacy under contract with VA, including
non–VA pharmacy in a state home under contract with VA for filling prescriptions for
patients in state homes, provided:
(a) The prescription is for:
(1) A veteran who by reason of being permanently housebound or in need of regular aid
and attendance is in receipt of increased compensation under 38 U.S.C. chapter 11, or increased pension under § 3.1(u) (Section 306 Pension) or § 3.1(w) (Improved Pension), of this chapter, as a veteran of a period of war as defined by
38 U.S.C. 101(11) (or, although eligible for such pension, is in receipt of compensation as the greater
(2) A veteran in need of regular aid and attendance who was formerly in receipt of increased
pension as described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section whose pension has been discontinued
solely by reason of excess income, but only so long as such veteran's annual income
does not exceed the maximum annual income limitation by more than $1,000, and
(b) The drugs and medicines are prescribed as specific therapy in the treatment of any
of the veteran's illnesses or injuries.
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