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Pharmacy License

General Provisions

All areas where prescription drugs are dispensed or nonproduct pharmacy services are provided by a pharmacist will require a general pharmacy license, a hospital pharmacy license, or a nonresident pharmacy license. General pharmacy licenses, hospital pharmacy licenses, special or limited use pharmacy licenses, and nonresident pharmacy licenses shall be renewed by December 31 of each year.

Nonresident pharmacy license applicants shall comply with Board rules regarding nonresident pharmacy license except where specific exemptions have been granted (657-IAC chapter 19). Applicants for general or hospital pharmacy license shall comply with Board rules regarding general (657-IAC chapter 6) or hospital (657-IAC chapter 7) pharmacy license except where specific exemptions have been granted. Applicants who are granted exemptions shall be issued a "general pharmacy license with exemption," a "hospital pharmacy license with exemption," a "nonresident pharmacy license with exemption," or a "limited use pharmacy license with exemption" and shall comply with the provisions set forth by that exemption. A written request for exemption from certain licensure requirements, submitted pursuant to the procedures and requirements of 657-IAC chapter 34, will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Limited use pharmacy license may be issued for nuclear pharmacy practice, correctional facility pharmacy practice, and veterinary pharmacy practice. Applications for limited use pharmacy license for these and other limited use practice settings shall be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The application form for a pharmacy license furnished by the Board shall indicate whether a pharmacy is a sole proprietorship (100 percent ownership), a partnership, a limited partnership, or a corporation. In addition, the form shall require the name and license number of the pharmacist in charge and the names and license numbers of all pharmacists engaged in practice in the pharmacy.

Change of Owner-Closed Pharmacy

A change of pharmacy ownership will require a new pharmacy license and a new CSA Registration. A fee of $135 will be charged for issuance of a new pharmacy license. A fee of $90 will be charged for issuance of a new CSA registration. The old license and CSA certificate shall be returned to the Board office. Closed pharmacies must return their pharmacy licenses to the Board office within ten days of closing. Nonresident pharmacies must use the Application for Nonresident Iowa Pharmacy License.

Change of Location

When a pharmacy changes location, a new completed application shall be filed with the Board and the old license returned to the Board office. A fee of $135 will be charged for issuance of a new certificate. A change of location will require an on-site inspection of the new location. Nonresident pharmacies must use the Application for Nonresident Iowa Pharmacy License.

Change of Pharmacist in Charge

When the pharmacist in charge position becomes vacant, a newly completed application shall be filed with the Board within 90 days of the vacancy indicating the name of the new pharmacist in charge and the old license returned to the Board office. A fee of $135 will be charged for issuance of a new license. A controlled substance application does not have to be done at this time. It can be changed at renewal time. Nonresident pharmacies must use the Application for Nonresident Iowa Pharmacy License.

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