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The Arizona state board of pharmacy (“Board”) is the body responsible for regulating the pharmacy profession in Arizona. The Board is authorized to adopt and enforce rules to protect the public and that are related to the practice of pharmacy, wholesaling drugs and devices, manufacturing, and the use of pharmacy technicians and support personnel.1

  1. Composition2

    The Board comprises 9 members.

    1. Six of the nine members must be pharmacists. At least one pharmacist must be employed by a licensed hospital and at least one pharmacist must be employed by a community pharmacy. To be eligible, a pharmacist must have been licensed for at least ten years as a pharmacist in any jurisdiction and licensed for a period of at least five years immediately preceding appointment in Arizona.

    2. Two members must be members of the public who have resided in Arizona for the five years immediately preceding their appointment.

    3. The remaining one member must be a pharmacy technician. To be eligible, the pharmacy technician member must be a practicing pharmacy technician in Arizona or any other jurisdiction for at least five years and be licensed as a pharmacy technician and a resident of this state for at least five years immediately before the date of appointment.

1Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 32-1904.

2Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 32-1902.


  1. Direct supervision of a pharmacist means the pharmacist is present. If relating to the sale of certain items, direct supervision of a pharmacist means that a pharmacist determines the legitimacy or advisability of a proposed purchase of those items.3

  2. Graduate intern means a person who has graduated from a college, school, or program of pharmacy approved by the board and who meets the qualifications and experience for a pharmacy intern.4

  3. Medical practitioner means any medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, or other person licensed and authorized by law to use and prescribe drugs and devices for the treatment of sick and injured human beings or animals or for the diagnosis or prevention of sickness in human beings or animals in Arizona or any state, territory, or district of the United States.5

  4. Pharmacist in charge means the pharmacist who is responsible to the Board for a licensed establishment’s compliance with the laws and administrative rules of this state and of the federal government pertaining to the practice of pharmacy, the manufacturing of drugs, and the distribution of drugs and devices.6

  5. Community pharmacy means any place under the direct supervision of a pharmacist where the practice of pharmacy occurs or where prescription orders are compounded and dispensed other than a hospital pharmacy or a limited service pharmacy.7

  6. Medical practitioner–patient relationship means that before prescribing, dispensing, or administering a prescription-only drug, prescription-only device, or controlled substance to a person, a medical practitioner must ...

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