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Pharmacy Internet Site Registration

An Internet site that intends to display, advertise, or solicit the Internet sale of prescription products to patients in Iowa must obtain and maintain a Pharmacy Internet Site Registration from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. A Pharmacy Internet Site Registration is issued to the Internet site by the domain name and the owner of the Internet site.

657 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 24 establishes the requirements for the Internet sale of prescription products by pharmacies. The Chapter also establishes requirements for VIPPS accreditation of Internet pharmacies and defines terms such as “Internet pharmacy,” “VIPPS accreditation,” “Internet sale,” and “prescription product.”

An Internet pharmacy that provides any prescription drug to any patient located within Iowa must obtain and maintain an Iowa pharmacy or nonresident pharmacy license. The pharmacy must also obtain and maintain VIPPS accreditation and evidence of VIPPS accreditation must be provided on any Internet site identifying the Internet pharmacy.
 
The following information must be displayed either on the home page of the Pharmacy Internet Site or a clearly and conspicuously identified link to this information must be visible and available on the Pharmacy Internet Site’s home page.

  1. A statement consisting of language substantially equivalent to “In compliance with Iowa Code section 155A.13B and 657 IAC Chapter 24, this Internet Site is registered with the Iowa Board of pharmacy, registration number____,” including the registration number issued to the pharmacy Internet site by the Board.
  2. For each pharmacy that delivers, distributes, or dispenses prescription products pursuant to orders made on, through, or on behalf of the pharmacy Internet site: the name of the pharmacy; the address of the licensed physical location of the pharmacy; the telephone number of the pharmacy; and the pharmacy license number issued to the pharmacy by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.
  3. The VIPPS or Vet-VIPPS seal (the symbol provided by NABP to a pharmacy for display on the pharmacy’s Internet site evidencing the pharmacy’s VIPPS or Vet-VIPPS accreditation). The site must also maintain a link to NABP’s accreditation verification site and a link to the NABP certification that identifies the individual Internet pharmacy as a VIPPS or Vet-VIPPS accredited site.

The requirements for registration of a Pharmacy Internet Site are effective May 1, 2012. A previously operating Pharmacy Internet Site must file an application for registration of the site no later than May 1, 2012. A new Pharmacy Internet Site must apply for registration of the site no less than 30 days prior to implementation of the Pharmacy Internet Site.

A registration application form is available here, by contacting Diana Pirillo [diana.pirillo@iowa.gov], or by calling the Board office at 515-281-5944.

Information regarding VIPPS and Vet-VIPPS accreditation is available on the NABP Website.

http://www.nabp.net/programs/accreditation/vipps/ (link to VIPPS accreditation information)

http://www.nabp.net/programs/accreditation/vet-vipps/ (link to Vet-VIPPS information

 

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