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Board of Pharmacy

  • Background

    • The Board governs and regulates all aspects of pharmacy practice.

    • It is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

  • Consists of

    • Commissioner of Professional Occupational Affairs.

    • Director of Bureau of Consumer Protection in Office of Attorney General.

    • 2 at large (nonpharmacist members).

    • 5 pharmacists.

  • Terms

    • 6 years

  • Appointments

    • By governor

  • Required meetings

    • At least once every 2 months.

Pharmacy License (Permit)

Each licensed pharmacy must have a Board-issued permit indicating:

  • Pharmacy name

  • Pharmacy address

  • Owner name

  • Pharmacist manager name

Pharmacist on Duty

The prescription department is open only when a licensed pharmacist is present, or during a pharmacist’s 30-minute break time:

  • Pharmacist must remain on premises.

  • Pharmacist must be reachable in event of emergency or for counseling.

  • During pharmacist break time, the prescription department may:

    • Accept a new prescription order

    • Fill prescriptions, but they must be checked by licensed pharmacist prior to dispensing

    • Provide completed prescriptions to patient, assuming they have been checked by pharmacist

Pharmacy Name or Owner Change

New license (permit) required; must file application within 30 days of change.

Closing a Pharmacy

  • Permit must be returned to Board.

  • Board must be notified regarding location of prescription files and nonproprietary drugs.

  • If 30 days transpire, Board must give prior approval to sell, transfer, or dispose of these.

Change of Pharmacist Manager

  • Notify Board within 15 days. (New person approved, if there is no Board objection, within 30 days.)

  • Board may extend replacement period to 30 days, if requested.

  • Only one pharmacy per pharmacist manager. Where pharmacy owner has difficulty finding replacement, then there may be a 60-day (Board approval required) extension to find a new pharmacist manager.


  • Licensed by Board.

  • Only work under direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

  • If licensed pharmacist not on duty, intern may not be in pharmacy department.

  • May do compounding procedures under direct supervision of licensed pharmacist.


  • May assist licensed pharmacist:

    • Work on pharmacy department inventory.

    • May count and pour.

    • May generate labels.

    • May work on pharmacy records and patient records.

    • May work on parenterals that need reconstitution.

  • May not:

    • Accept or transcribe new or refill prescriptions.

    • If licensed pharmacist not on duty, may not be in pharmacy department.

    • Perform any duties that necessitate judgment or independent decisions.

  • Allowed functions/responsibilities must be explained; there must be training; there must be a written set of duties/instructions/protocols.

  • The written protocols must be prepared by pharmacist manager; list each technician’s duties; dated and signed by technician and pharmacist manager.


  • Pharmacy department must maintain appropriate ...

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