The Iowa Board of Pharmacy (Board) urges its licensees and registrants to be cautious of telephone calls and letters from criminals posing as employees of the Board or the DEA threatening arrest or prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.  

It’s important to underscore that Board and DEA personnel will never contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. Notification of a legitimate investigation or legal action is made via official letter or in person.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat using the online form or by calling 877-792-2873. Reporting scam calls will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity. Any urgent concerns or questions, including inquiring about legitimate investigations, should be directed to the local DEA field division.

To report scam activity online, visit the DEA Diversion on line reporting page

For contact information for DEA field divisions, visit the domestic division page on