Nonresident Pharmacy License
"Nonresident pharmacy" means a pharmacy, including an Internet-based pharmacy, located outside the state of Iowa which delivers, dispenses, or distributes, by any method, prescription drugs or devices to an ultimate user physically located in this state. This includes pharmacies located outside the state of Iowa, which provides routine pharmacy services to ultimate users in this state.
A nonresident pharmacy shall apply for and obtain a nonresident pharmacy license from the Board prior to providing prescription drugs, devices, or pharmacy services to ultimate users in this State. Nonresident pharmacy licenses shall be renewed by December 31 of each year. Change of pharmacy name, ownership, location, or pharmacist in charge shall require a new completed application and license fee pursuant to 657—subrule 8.35(7).
The application for Nonresident Pharmacy License is available by clicking the link in the previous paragraph or you may contact the Board office to request an application be mailed or faxed.
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Inspections—rule 657—19.2 dictates specific inspection requirements for license eligibility. You must meet the inspection requirements for licensure - no exceptions will be made. Nonresident pharmacies must submit an inspection report with your renewal application that satisfies requirements of Iowa Code Section 155A.13A.
Iowa Code Section 155A.13A requires all pharmacies located outside of the state of Iowa that provide prescription drugs or devices to ultimate users located in Iowa to be licensed with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as a nonresident pharmacy. Beginning with the 2019 license renewal, nonresident pharmacies must submit an inspection report that satisfies all of the following requirements:
- The report is the most recent inspection performed by or on behalf of the home state licensing authority (no self-inspections).
- The inspection was conducted within the previous two years.
- The inspection occurred while the pharmacy was operational (no opening inspections).
- The inspection report addresses all aspects of the pharmacy’s business in Iowa.
A nonresident pharmacy license must be renewed prior to January 1 to be considered a timely renewal. If an inspection report that satisfies the above requirements is not or will not be available prior to renewing your Iowa pharmacy license, please contact your home state board of pharmacy to request an inspection be performed. If your home state is unable to provide an inspection report that satisfies the requirements listed above, one of the following alternative options must be considered:
- Submit a Verified Pharmacy Program (VPP) inspection report conducted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) within the previous two years. If you intend utilize the NABP VPP inspection to meet the Board’s inspection requirement but have not had the inspection yet, contact the NABP as soon as possible to schedule your inspection.
- Contact Byron Stover with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy via email at email@example.com to request an inspection be performed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (at your expense) or to discuss alternative entities that may be qualified to perform the inspection.
An inspection report that satisfies all of these requirements must be provided with the pharmacy's license renewal application. If you fail to submit an inspection report that complies with these requirements with your renewal application, your renewal application will be considered incomplete and your pharmacy license will not be renewed.