Pharmacy Licensing Compliance

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Pharmacy Licensing Compliance

Like many professional industries, pharmaceutical work requires a unique set of licenses. Whether you are a manager of a pharmacy practice, an employee within a pharmacy, or a recent graduate starting your career, you will face certification and licensing requirements at every level of your career.

Adhering to professional licensing requirements is key to maintaining your legal authority to practice pharmacy. Beyond that, full compliance demonstrates that you have the medical skills and judgement to ensure the health and safety of those who rely on your services as a pharmacist. Failing to observe pharmaceutical industry requirements can result in state imposed penalties and even denial, revocation, or suspension of your license.

The good news? An experienced, dedicated compliance partner can help you take a proactive approach to maintaining pharmacy licensure and certification. Contact Harbor Compliance today to help you simplify the professional licensing process.

The following guide contains an overview of pharmaceutical licensing and specific board requirements in each state.

Pharmacy License Classifications

Pharmacy licenses generally fall into 3 categories: Pharmacy facility, Wholesaler/Distributor, and Other. Pharmacy state licensing boards vary in how they label license types, so it is important to review the information from the specific state board of pharmacy that you are applying through. The following is a breakdown of licenses that typically appear in these three categories.

Pharmacy

  • In-State Pharmacy
  • Out-of-State Pharmacy
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Clinic
  • Mail Order Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Limited Prescription Pharmacy

Wholesaler/Manufacturer

  • Wholesale Drug Distributor
  • Manufacturer of Prescription Drugs
  • Medical Gas Distributor
  • Repackager

Other

  • Research and Teaching Institution
  • Home Medical Equipment Service Provider
  • Non-Pharmacy Drug Outlet
  • Other Establishments

Pharmacy Licensing

Overview of Requirements

A business entity offering pharmaceutical services to the public must register with the State Board of Pharmacy and receive the relevant pharmacy license. A pharmacy license is necessary to practice in all states and companies practicing without one can be liable for steep penalty fees and even criminal charges.

Licensure for pharmacies usually follows incorporation or foreign qualification of the business entity with the secretary of state. Common legal structures for companies are corporations or professional corporations (PC), and limited liability companies (LLC) or professional LLCs. Incorporation refers to formation of the business entity, whereas foreign qualification refers to applying for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in another state.

After registration with the secretary of state, companies must apply for a license through the relevant licensing board. Pharmacy industry licenses are generally divided by the types of pharmaceutical services that a pharmacy might provide. For example, New Mexico has 14 different companies licenses ranging from Animal Control and Hospital pharmacy licenses to Wholesale Drug Distributor and Narcotic Treatment Program Facility licenses. Applications and forms vary by state and states don’t always classify pharmacies in the same way. Despite the variation across state licensing boards, there are some requirements that are nearly universal.

Applications almost always require the companies to incorporate or foreign qualify before applying for a pharmacy license. Other common application requirements include: Controlled Substance registration, facility information, and self-inspection forms.

Pharmacies that provide pharmaceutical service to more than one state are required to register in all states that they service. Out-of-state applications typically have more requirements than in-state applications, and pharmacies must meet these requirements prior to providing service in another state. Proof of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration, resident state pharmacy licenses, and inspection reports are common requirements on out-of-state license applications.

State boards also require companies to have at least one licensed pharmacist employed before applying for a license. This individual is known as the pharmacist in charge. The pharmacist in charge must usually submit proof of licensure and needs to be individually licensed in any additional states that the pharmacy expands to. One notable exception to this rule is Arizona, where out of state pharmacies do not need to have an Arizona licensed pharmacist on staff.

There can also be federal registration requirements for pharmacies. Pharmacies that issue controlled substances should register with the DEA following state level licensure.

Initial Registration Fees

Fees for initial licensure range from $75 to $900. Wisconsin’s pharmacy license is only $75, while the District of Columbia’s pharmacy license amounts to $900. The average license fee is around $300.

Renewal Requirements

Pharmacy license renewal varies by state. About half of all states call for licenses to be renewed every two years with the remaining states renewing annually.

Like initial application fees, renewal fees also vary by state. Fees range from just $100 for some West Virginia licenses to $900 in the District of Columbia. Companies can expect to pay closer to the national average of $265 when applying for a license, however, the most commonly applied fee is $200.

Table of Company Licenses

Looking for pharmaceutical certification requirements in a particular jurisdiction? The following table summarizes pharmacy licensing requirements across the United States.

Click on any state for the licensing information specific to that state.The following table summarizes company licensing requirements across the United States. Click on any state for the licensing information specific to that state.

Alabama

More info

Agency

Alabama Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$200 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100 baseline

Alaska

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Agency

Alaska Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 Baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$240 baseline

Arizona

More info

Agency

Arizona State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
Varies

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$240 baseline

Arkansas

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Agency

Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 Baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$300 baseline

California

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Agency

California State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$520 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$331 baseline

Colorado

More info

Agency

Colorado State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$150 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
The board will notify you of the renewal fee.

Connecticut

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Agency

Connecticut Commission of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$750

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$190

Delaware

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Agency

Delaware State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$298 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$318 baseline

District of Columbia

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Agency

District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$900 for pharmacy, $100 for drug manufacturer

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$900

Florida

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Agency

Florida Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$255 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$255

Georgia

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Agency

Georgia State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$500 for most

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$600 baseline

Hawaii

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Agency

Hawaii Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$202 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$184

Idaho

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Agency

Idaho State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$100 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100

Illinois

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Agency

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation _ State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$100

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$200

Indiana

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Agency

Indiana Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$100 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$200 baseline

Iowa

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Agency

Iowa Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$135 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$135

Kansas

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Agency

Kansas State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$112 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100

Kentucky

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Agency

Kentucky Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$100 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100

Louisiana

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Agency

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$175

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$150

Maine

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Agency

Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$200

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$200

Maryland

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Agency

Maryland Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$700 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$700

Massachusetts

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Agency

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$525 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$525 baseline

Michigan

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Agency

Michigan Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$180 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$110

Minnesota

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Agency

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$225 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$225

Mississippi

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Agency

Mississippi Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$350 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$300 baseline

Missouri

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Agency

Missouri Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$450

Montana

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Agency

Montana Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$400 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$125 baseline

Nebraska

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Agency

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$625

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$625

Nevada

More info

Agency

Nevada State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$500 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$500

New Hampshire

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Agency

New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$500 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$250 baseline

New Jersey

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Agency

New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$175 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$175

New Mexico

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Agency

New Mexico Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$300 baseline

New York

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Agency

New York State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$345 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$260

North Carolina

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Agency

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$500 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$200

North Dakota

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Agency

North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$175 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$175 baseline

Ohio

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Agency

State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$112.50 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$112 baseline

Oklahoma

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Agency

Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$350 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$150

Oregon

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Agency

Oregon State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$175 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$225

Pennsylvania

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Agency

Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$125 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$125

Rhode Island

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Agency

Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$320 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$120 baseline

South Carolina

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Agency

South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation - Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$200 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100 baseline

South Dakota

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Agency

South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$200 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$200

Tennessee

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Agency

Tennessee Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$310 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$310 baseline

Texas

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Agency

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$454 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$451

Utah

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Agency

Utah Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$200 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$103

Vermont

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Agency

Vermont Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$300

Virginia

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Agency

Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$275 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$270

Washington

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Agency

Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$370 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$405 baseline

West Virginia

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Agency

West Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$150 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$100 baseline

Wisconsin

More info

Agency

Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$75 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$128

Wyoming

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Agency

Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy

Initial Application

Application Fee:
$300 baseline

License Renewal

Renewal Fee:
$150 baseline

Key Terms

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.

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