Mission Statement

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy shall act efficiently, consistently, and impartially in the public interest to pursue optimal standards of practice through communication, education, legislation, licensing, and enforcement.

About

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is the single State agency in Ohio responsible for administering and enforcing laws governing the practice of pharmacy and the legal distribution of drugs. The Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor for terms of four years. Eight of the members are licensed pharmacists who represent, to the extent practicable, each phase of pharmacy practice. One member represents the public. The Board has a staff of 57 employees that is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations and responsibilities of the Board.

Since the State Board of Pharmacy is responsible for administering and enforcing the drug laws of Ohio, the Board licenses:

The Board is also responsible for regulating the legal distribution of dangerous drugs in Ohio and ensuring the quality of all drugs administered, prescribed, dispensed by prescription, or sold over-the-counter. (O.R.C. Chapter 3715). The State Board of Pharmacy can discipline its licensees and registrants for violations of both federal and state laws governing the legal distribution of drugs. The Board has the responsibility of investigating and presenting evidence of violations of any of the federal or state drug laws by any person to the appropriate court (federal, state, or municipal) for prosecution of the offender (O.R.C. Chapter 2925).