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Closing a Pharmacy/Discontinuing Services in Iowa

Please complete the Pharmacy Closing Notification if the pharmacy is being sold, closing, or discontinuing services in Iowa. 

A closing procedures checklist is available for reference.

At least 40 days prior to closing a pharmacy, the pharmacist in charge (PIC) of the closing pharmacy must be notified of the pending sale or pharmacy closing. The pharmacy owner may require that the PIC keep the information regarding the pending sale confidential until the information is made public. The PIC is responsible for working with the pharmacy owner to ensure that all required notifications are completed in a timely manner and that all closing procedures are followed. The PIC of the purchasing or receiving pharmacy must be notified at least 30 days prior to the pharmacy closing.

Patient Notification: Every patient with records of prescriptions filled by the closing/sold pharmacy within the previous 18 months must be notified by direct mail or personal delivery at least 30 days prior to the pharmacy closing date (657 IAC 8.35(7)"d"). Any new patients filling prescriptions during the 30-day period prior to the pharmacy closing/sale shall receive written notification of the closing/sale.

DEA Notification: Please refer to the DEA website for notification procedures and cancellation of DEA Forms 222 and CSOS authorizations.

Only the pharmacist in charge of the pharmacy discontinuing business shall have access to the prescription drugs until those drugs are transferred to the new owner.  REMEMBER, once the pharmacy is closed and the license has been surrendered to the Board office, the drugs MUST be removed from the premises.  If they are not promptly removed after closing the pharmacy, they may be subject to seizure by the Board.  DO NOT create a situation whereby these drugs can be stolen and diverted to illicit use.

If 30 days’ written notice cannot be provided, contact the Board office as soon as the decision is made to discontinue business. The Board may be able to work with you to ensure an orderly and legal transfer of prescription drugs and records.

Within ten (10) days of closing the pharmacy, all signs identifying the closed location as a pharmacy must be removed or covered.

Instate Pharmacy - If of any of the following items remain in the pharmacy location, please contact Melissa Carstens by email (melissa.carstens@iowa.gov) or phone (515-725-3492) to make arrangements for the items  to be returned to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy:

  • Green "MedDrop" stainless steel medication disposal receptacle
  • Blue "MedDrop" stainless steel medication disposal receptacle
  • 22 gallon cardboard receptacle liner for MedDrop systems
  • 18 gallon Sharps "MedSafe" stainless steel medication disposal receptacle
  • 38 gallon Sharps "MedSafe" stainless steel medication disposal receptacle
  • 18 gallon cardboard inner liner for MedSafe systems
  • 38 gallon cardboard inner liner for MedSafe systems
  • 20 gallon cardboard "TakeAway" Environmental Return System for non-controlled substances