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Liam Brown
Liam Brown

Pharmacy [UPDATED]

TSBP will be moving to our new office location at the George H. W. Bush State Office Building soon. The TSBP website and network will be down beginning at 5pm Thursday, September 8th and the office will be closed on September 9th. TSBP will reopen on Monday, September 12th. Visit for a detailed overview of the move timeline, along with minor anticipated impacts on some functionalities. Beginning September 13, 2022, our new address is:


If your pharmacy license, pharmacist license, or technician registration is due to renew by February 28, 2021 and you recently mailed a payment or a renewal form to the board office, please contact TSBP staff as follows:

Pharmacists typically need a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. (A list of accredited programs is available from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).)

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Others admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. Pharm.D. programs include courses in sciences, pharmacology, and pharmacy law. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

All states require pharmacists to be licensed, although licensure requirements vary. After completing their degree, prospective pharmacists typically must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge and is required in all states. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a state-specified number of hours as an intern. To maintain licensure, pharmacists must complete continuing education.

Communication skills. Pharmacists frequently must explain to patients about how to take medication and what its potential side effects are. They also may need to convey information to pharmacy technicians, interns, and other healthcare staff.

If you don't see a price, it means the drug isn't covered. Your best value is the option that can save you the most money. You can also check the price difference between having your medications delivered by mail or picking them up at the pharmacy, plus compare costs at different pharmacies in your network. And check out more ways to save by reviewing drug savings opportunities personalized just for you.

A federal law enacted in 2019 required all federal agencies to undertake review of various informal guidance documents. As a result of this review, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") removed informal guidance from its website concerning changes to prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores ("NACDS") issued a letter describing a private phone call with DEA officials. The letter indicated that, despite the DEA's historical guidance permitting pharmacist annotations to schedule II controlled substance prescriptions, all prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances must now arrive at the pharmacy with all elements required by 21 C.F.R. 1306.05(A) in final form.

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy ("Board") seeks to remind pharmacy licensees in this time of emergency that the Board's Policy #14 provides for the refill of certain medications for up to 30 days for persons in the areas covered by the State of Emergency declared by Governor Kemp. This policy is consistent with O.C.G.A. 26-4-80(j) and the Governor's Emergency Declaration . This statement is consistent with previous hurricane and severe weather emergency statements issued by the Board.

Emergency regulations pursuant to 2022 legislation authorizing pharmacists to initiate treatment for tobacco cessation for patients 18 years of age or older became effective February 21, 2023. Pharmacists may initiate treatment in accordance with the regulations and statewide protocols listed below. Please note that the protocols for vaccine administration to minors and the ordering of coronavirus tests do not become effective until the expiration of the PREP Act. Meanwhile, pharmacy personnel may continue to act in accordance with the PREP Act or standing order.

An educational video for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing prescriptions was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. This 12-minute video, entitled, "Red Flags," includes a foreword from Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director, Caroline D. Juran.

PharmCAS is a centralized application service used to apply to multiple Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs offered by schools and colleges of pharmacy. The service is designed for first-year professional Pharm.D. degree programs. PharmCAS provides access to individual pharmacy degree program admission requirements in an easy-to-find and standardized format.

Pharmacy and DME permit holders who did not renew by the March 1 deadline may renew with a late penalty from March 2 through March 31. Any permit not renewed by March 31, 2023 will be CLOSED. Log in and renew now via the Board's Licensure Gateway. Click on the FACILITY MANAGEMENT tab to log in to your pharmacy or DME permit profile.