Beginning January 1, 2019, no person other than a licensed wholesale distributor, licensed pharmacy, or practitioner, shall engage in any of the activities found herein in this state without a limited distributor license. Where operations are conducted at more than one location by a single distributor, each location shall be separately licensed. The applicant shall submit a completed application along with a nonrefundable fee of $175.Back to top
How to Apply
A valid credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) is required for online renewal. There will be a $2.00 convenience fee charged for online renewal and payment.
- Online Initial Application for New Limited Distributors This application should only be used by applicants that have never been licensed in Iowa, at the facility's current location, as a Limited Distributor.
- Online License Renewal Portal
Apply by Mail
- Limited Distributor Application including Self-Inspection Form (New or Changes)
- Limited Distributor Facility Manager Change Notification
- Limited Distributor Renewal Application (Do not submit prior to November 1)
Submit the completed application with any required documentation and a check or money order payable to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy for the nonrefundable fee.Back to top
- Most Recent Self-Inspection Report
- Acknowledgement and Attestation form (completed by Facility Manager)
A person engaged in the following activities shall obtain a limited distributor license prior to distribution in or into Iowa:
- Distribution of a medical gas or device at wholesale or to a patient pursuant to a prescription drug order.
- Wholesale distribution of a prescription animal drug.
- Wholesale distribution of a prescription drug, or brokering the distribution of a prescription drug at wholesale, by a manufacturer, a manufacturer’s co-licensed partner, or a repackager.
- Intracompany distribution of a prescription drug, including pharmacy chain distribution centers.
- Distribution at wholesale of a combination product as defined by the United States food and drug administration, a medical convenience kit, an intravenous fluid or electrolyte, a dialysis solution, a radioactive drug, or an irrigation or sterile water solution to be dispensed by prescription only.
- Distribution of a dialysis solution by the manufacturer or the manufacturer’s agent to a patient pursuant to a prescription drug order, provided that a licensed pharmacy processes the prescription drug order.
A person engaged in the following activities may, but is not required to, obtain a limited distributor license for distribution in or into Iowa:
- Distribution of non-prescription drugs or devices with or without a patient-specific prescription.
- Distribution of medical devices exclusively to a health care practitioner for use in the practitioner’s normal course of professional practice (“professional use”).
- Distribution of blood and blood products that are not subject to the federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
A change of name, ownership, or location requires the submission of a limited distributor license application and fee.
- In-state location change. If the new location was not a licensed limited distributor immediately prior to the relocation, you are required to complete a self-inspection of the new location prior to relocating.
- Ownership change. A change of ownership occurs when the owner listed on the limited distributor's most recent application changes or when there is a change affecting the majority ownership interest of the owner listed on the limited distributor's most recent application
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