50-State Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Licensing Compliance Guide
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Compounding Pharmacy License

Explore compounding pharmacy license requirements in all 50 states.

Starting or Expanding a Compounding Pharmacy Firm

Compounding pharmacies are regulated at state and federal levels to protect consumers. It is essential for pharmacies to stay educated and aware of business and licensing requirements to ensure compliance and good standing. The process for starting or expanding a compounding pharmacy includes:

  • Learning your state’s business registration and licensing requirements.
  • Deciding on a business name and entity structure.
  • Applying for a federal tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service and registering with the Secretary of State.
  • Obtaining necessary types of insurance, including general liability, commercial auto, and workers’ compensation.
  • Researching license and registration renewal requirements and preparing to keep your business compliant.

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Obtaining a Compounding Pharmacy License

Because of the serious health concerns associated with distributing drugs, pharmacy compounders are under strict watch. In most states compounding pharmacies are licensed through the jurisdiction’s Board of Pharmacy.

In addition to obtaining business licensure, most states require a designated pharmacist-in-charge. The pharmacist-in-charge must maintain a valid license in their home state and is responsible for the business’s compliance with all applicable state and federal laws. Additional licenses are required if the pharmacy has different locations or delivers drugs to patients in other states.

The type of pharmacy license you need depends on your state’s requirements and the types of activities you will complete. License types include:

  • Pharmacy manufacturer license
  • Pharmacy wholesaler license
  • Pharmacy importer/exporter license
  • Pharmacy re-packer license
  • Pharmacy retailer license

In addition to the license for your business, you will also need to ensure your employees are appropriately licensed. Most states require licenses for the following positions:

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Registered pharmacist
  • Intern pharmacist

Licensing requirements for compounding pharmacies vary by state. It is essential to verify the process in your state to ensure you are prepared every step of the way. You will likely need to gather all relevant documentation, including financial statements, proof of a commercial activity license, a business plan, and more.

In addition to licensing, you will also need to appoint a registered agent to receive notices of lawsuits and other legal or government notices. To manage those tasks more efficiently, Harbor Compliance offers a comprehensive software suite and managed services to help simplify the application process, allowing you to focus on other aspects of running your business.

Maintenance and Renewal

Most states and cities require licenses to be renewed on an annual or biennial basis. Renewal ensures your business complies with all state and local regulations. Renewal fees vary, so it is a good idea to be aware of what you may owe to keep your business in good standing.

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Explore Licensing by State

Click on a link below to view licensing information in your state.

Controlled Substance Registration - In addition to a pharmacy license, controlled substance registration registration is required in many states for pharmacies that distribute controlled substances.

NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) - Host a variety of programs and resources relating to pharmacist and pharmacy licensure and examination.

Pharmacist in Charge - A licensed pharmacist designated by a pharmacy to act as the party responsible for compliance with regulations.

VPP (Verified Pharmacy Program) - A program run by NABP that allows state boards to share information and more easily register out-of-state pharmacies.