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Telepharmacy

Pharmaceutical care services at a telepharmacy site must utilize audiovisual technologies that link the telepharmacy site with the managing pharmacy and one or more verifying pharmacists. 

A telepharmacy site and the managing pharmacy must be located within Iowa.

The managing pharmacy must be within a 200 mile radius of the telepharmacy.

A telepharmacy must be at least ten (10) miles from the nearest licensed pharmacy that dispenses prescription drugs to outpatients or, if telepharmacy is within ten (10) miles from the nearest licensed pharmacy that dispenses prescription drugs to outpatients, a waiver request must be submitted (Iowa Code 155A.13(3)“d”). 

The distance requirement does not apply if: 

  • Telepharmacy site was approved prior to July 1, 2016,
  • Telepharmacy site is located within a hospital campus and services will be limited to in-patient dispensing, or 
  • Telepharmacy site is located on property owned, operated, or leased by the state.

The managing pharmacy and the telepharmacy must execute and maintain a current written agreement between the pharmacies. 

For more information regarding the rules for telepharmacies, please review 657 IAC Chapter 13.

The application can be found in the Pharmacy Applications/Forms and Online Services menu below.