The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is comprised of five pharmacist members and two public members, all appointed by the Governor. They are assisted by an administrative staff headed by an executive secretary appointed by the Board.
The Board is responsible for regulating the practice of pharmacy and the legal distribution and dispensing of prescription drugs and precursor substances throughout the State. The responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to:
- Licensing of qualified applicants to the practice of pharmacy by examination, renewal, and reciprocity.
- Administering a continuing education program to ensure continued competency of individuals licensed by the Board to practice pharmacy.
- Regulating the legal distribution of prescription drugs through the licensing of pharmacies and wholesalers.
- Regulating the legal distribution of controlled substances through the registration of authorized persons and entities engaged in the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances throughout the state.
- Registering pharmacist-interns and administering an internship program to prepare individuals for the practice of pharmacy.
- Registering pharmacy technicians assisting in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy.
- Performing compliance investigations and audits of all persons or entities registered, and compliance inspections and investigations of any persons or entities licensed or registered with the Board. These investigations and audits are conducted to ensure accountability for all controlled substances and to ensure compliance with laws regulating the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of prescription drugs and devices in Iowa.
- Regulating the legal distribution of precursor substances through the issuance of permits to vendors and recipients of precursory substances throughout the state.
- Instituting disciplinary actions, hearings, contested cases, issuing decisions and orders, and enforcing the terms of disciplinary orders filed against licensees, registrants, or permit holders.
All meetings of the Board are open to the public except, as provided by statute, for some exceptional reason so compelling as to override the general public policy in favor of public meetings and as permitted by Iowa Code section 21.5. Closed meetings shall only be by affirmative public vote of either two-thirds of the members of the Board or all of the members present at the meeting.