The Iowa Board of Pharmacy promotes, preserves, and protects the public health, safety, and welfare by fostering the provision of pharmaceutical care to all Iowans through the effective regulation of the practice of pharmacy, the operation of pharmacies, the appropriate utilization of pharmacy technicians, the distribution of prescription medications and devices, and the education and training of pharmacists.
In order to protect the public health, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy assumes a leadership role in developing, implementing, and enforcing appropriate minimum standards of care and related requirements for the safe practice of pharmacy in Iowa. The Board continuously strives to provide optimal service to the public and the profession by utilizing its resources in an efficient, effective, responsive and open manner. By its actions, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy demonstrates a balanced and sensible approach to regulation.
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy leads by promoting the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care to all Iowans. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy achieves this by building creative alliances, encouraging pharmacist empowerment and innovative pharmacy practice, and supporting the concept of collaborative practice among health care providers.
The Board is responsible for regulating the practice of pharmacy and the legal distribution and dispensing of prescription drugs and precursor substances throughout the State. The responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to:
- Licensing of qualified applicants to the practice of pharmacy by examination, renewal, and reciprocity.
- Administering a continuing education program to ensure continued competency of individuals licensed by the Board to practice pharmacy.
- Regulating the legal distribution of prescription drugs through the licensing of pharmacies and wholesalers.
- Regulating the legal distribution of controlled substances through the registration of authorized persons and entities engaged in the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances throughout the state.
- Registering pharmacist-interns and administering an internship program to prepare individuals for the practice of pharmacy.
- Registering pharmacy technicians assisting in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy.
- Performing compliance investigations and audits of all persons or entities registered, and compliance inspections and investigations of any persons or entities licensed or registered with the Board. These investigations and audits are conducted to ensure accountability for all controlled substances and to ensure compliance with laws regulating the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of prescription drugs and devices in Iowa.
- Regulating the legal distribution of precursor substances through the issuance of permits to vendors and recipients of precursory substances throughout the state.
- Instituting disciplinary actions, hearings, contested cases, issuing decisions and orders, and enforcing the terms of disciplinary orders filed against licensees, registrants, or permit holders.
There are eight members of the Board of Pharmacy, appointed by the governor for three-year terms. These appointments are subject to reappointment, for a total of nine years. The Board is comprised of five pharmacist members, two public members and one technician member. The Board is responsible for regulating the practice of pharmacy and the legal distribution and dispensing of prescription drugs and precursor substances throughout Iowa. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, licensing, renewal, and discipline of pharmacists, pharmacies, drug wholesalers, pharmacist-interns, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy support persons, and persons or businesses involved in the distribution of controlled substances in Iowa, and continuing education for pharmacists. Click here for more information about Board of Pharmacy members.