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Announcement for Pharmacy License Applicants

June 29, 2018


After hearing public comment about processing delays for licensure by exam and conducting discussions with stakeholders, the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy Board voted at a special meeting on June 28, 2018, to temporarily waive Board regulations section 27.26(d)(3)-(4). This waiver removes the requirement that applicants with a Pharm.D. degree from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) serve at least 500 of the 1,500 required hours in a pharmacy and outside of school.  


The Board and the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs will work with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to expedite review of applications and issuance of Authorizations to Test for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE).  


These actions will reduce application processing time to allow applicants to register to take the required exams and, ultimately, to obtain licensure as a Pennsylvania pharmacist.



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The State Board of Pharmacy regulates the practice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania. The Board registers pharmacy interns, licenses pharmacists and pharmacies and issues to eligible pharmacists the authorization to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations. The Board is charged with passing upon initial qualifications for licensure and with imposing sanctions against persons and businesses who violate the Pharmacy Act. The Board’s regulations govern practice standards; drug storage; security and dispensing requirements; facility requirements; licensure requirements; internships; and continuing education.

Citation: Pharmacy Act (Act 699 of 1961), Act of September 27, 1961, P.L. 1700, as amended, 63 P.S. § 390-1 et seq. Regulations of the State Board of Pharmacy, 49 PA. CODE, Chapter 27.

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Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.