Board of Pharmacy

Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage, and we look forward to assisting you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation is temporarily displaced while the building located at 76 Northern Avenue in Gardiner, Maine is closed for remediation work.  During this temporary displacement, only limited staff will be located at 221 State Street in Augusta, Maine so the best way to contact us to resolve your issue, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and our licensees is by email or by phone or through our other online services. 

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

You may follow this link to the Secretary of State's office to view a list of board members. Members of the public should not contact board members with questions or comments.  All questions, comments or any other board-related matters must be directed to the Board’s administrator. (Geraldine.L. Betts@maine.gov 207-624-8625)

Purpose

The Board of Pharmacy was established to protect the public through the regulation of pharmacies and pharmacists in Maine.

The primary responsibilities of the Board are to examine and license qualified applicants for licensure in the categories of Pharmacists or Pharmacists Assistants; to regulate and control the sale, character and standards of all drugs, poisons or medicines; to inspect during business hours all apothecaries, dispensaries, and locations where pharmaceuticals are manufactured, stored, distributed, compounded, dispersed or retailed; to secure samples of drugs and cause them to be analyzed and to keep a record of all persons examined and registered. The Board also investigates complaints against licensees and takes appropriate disciplinary action.

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON SCANNERS FROM THE MAINE BOARD OF PHARMACY September 27, 2022

Dear Licensees: It has come to our attention recently that there is a scan being used to obtain personal information from licensees. Scammers are using a spoof phone number that looks like the Board of Pharmacy, Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) or the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (DPFR) These scammers are contacting licensees in an effort to get licensees to share personal information. The scams are likely to vary but they include telling the licensees that the licensing board or other regulator has opened an investigation and their license has been suspended or revoked. The scammer then asks the licensee to share or verify personal information over the phone. If you receive a suspicious call, you should not share any personal information over the phone or by email.

Licensees who think they may be a victim of a scam or attempted fraud should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General toll-free at 800-436-2131 (TTY 711), or at 207-626-8849, or online at maine.gov/ag/consumer/complaints/

Licensees with questions about licensing matters can obtain information and assistance from the licensing board by contacting pharmacy.lic@maine.gov Dominic Cotone, Licensing Specialist II, at 207-624-8620. 

 

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)

Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4380. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.

Are You a Mandated Reporter?

Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious incapacitated or dependent adult death has occurred.

Follow this link for more Mandated Reporter Information

Future correspondence from the Board of Pharmacy will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

10 Day Notification

What's New

Board Statement

#01-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage

#02-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage

#03-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage

Practice Outreach Communication (PDF)

  • Accessible Drug Labeling Best Practices For Visually Impaired, February 4, 2021
  •  Labels-See-to-My-Safety-Fact-Sheet

Policy on Veterans Preference

Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Policy on Veterans Preference - Adopted February 2017 (PDF)

Laws/Statutory

Laws enacted by the 130th Legislature, First Regular Session

2021 Public Law Chapter 20, (L.D. 60 An Act to Clarify the Minimum Amount of Emergency Refills of Insulin) - Emergency, effective March 17, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 28, (L.D. 1 An Act to Establish the COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights and To Amend the Governor's Emergency Powers) - Emergency, effective March 25, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 289, (L.D. 4 An Act To Amend the Maine Pharmacy Act) - Emergency, effective June 21, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 9, (L.D. 172 Resolve, Directing the Maine Board of Pharmacy To Evaluate Existing Accommodations Available to Persons Who Are Visually Impaired To Access Prescription Information) effective June 29, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 146, (L.D. 603 An Act Regarding the Practice of Pharmacy) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 303, (L.D. 673 An Act To Create the Insulin Safety Net Program) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 84, (L.D. 998 An Act To Amend the Continuing Education Requirements for Pharmacists) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 265, (L.D. 1115 An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 271, (L.D. 1293 An Act To Improve Access to Certain Injectable Medications Approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 291, (L.D. 791 An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 167, (L.D. 149 An Act To Facilitate Licensure for Credentialed Individuals from Other Jurisdictions (PDF)

2021 Public Law Chapter 348, (L.D. 1336 An Act To Discontinue the Use of the Terms "Handicap," "Handicapped" and "Hearing Impaired" in State Laws, Rules and Official Documents (PDF)

Laws enacted by the 130th Legislature, Second Regular Session

Signed into Law April 7, 2022, Public Law Chapter 566 (LD1776) An Act To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense an Emergency Supply of Chronic Maintenance Drugs, Effective date to be determined upon the Legislature's adjournment sine die.

Rulemaking

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal

1. Chapter 4-A, Administration of Drugs and Vaccines (Amend)

2. Chapter 41, Sales of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machine Outlets (New)

3. Chapter 42, Compounding Drugs for Veterinary Office Use (New)

Current Important Notices/Reminders

Older Important Notices/Reminders