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Phone: 916-574-7900
Fax: 916-574-8618
http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov
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How do I get a pharmacy license in California

The California State Board of Pharmacy has established procedures for the licensing of pharmacy technicians. To work as a pharmacy technician in the state of California, you must have a current pharmacy technician license.

Licensing is not required for persons working as pharmacy clerks or pharmacy assistants.

You can apply for a pharmacy technician license with the California State Board of Pharmacy if:

  • You are at least 18 years of age, and
  • You have a high school diploma or GED, and
  • You have a valid Social Security number, and
  • You pass a criminal background check (done with Live Scan fingerprints), and
  • You meet at least one of the following criteria :

Have completed a course of training specified by the California Board of Pharmacy in section 1793.6 of State Board of Pharmacy Rules and Regulations.
This requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing either:
The SAC Basic Certificate Option

         PHAR 048 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology
         PHAR 051 Body Systems I
         PHAR 052 Body Systems II
         PHAR 054 Pharmacy Calculations 
         PHAR 056 Pharmacy Operations
         PHAR 072 Externship (80 hour outpatient rotation only)

or the SAC Advanced Certificate Option

         PHAR 048 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology
         PHAR 051 Body Systems I
         PHAR 052 Body Systems II
         PHAR 054 Pharmacy Calculations 
         PHAR 056 Pharmacy Operations
         PHAR 057 Inpatient Pharmacy Services
         PHAR 060 Sterile Products
         PHAR 072 Externship (all three rotations:  320 hours)

Students should apply for their licenses as soon as they have completed the Basic Certificate option.  While waiting to receive their licenses, students are strongly encouraged to continue with their coursework to complete the Advanced Certificate.  Having the Advanced Certificate will open up many more job opportunities!

Have obtained an Associate degree in Pharmacy Technology.
 
Have graduated from a school of pharmacy recognized by the Board.
 
Are certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). (Applicants who qualify by this option without also completing a training program often have difficulty getting a job.  The PTCB exam is a computer-based test of basic kNGOISnowledge.  Employers want to know that you also have the technical skills and hands-on experience required for the job!)
 
Apply for a Pharmacy Technician license:
Download complete information and the license application the from the California State Board of Pharmacy web site by clicking here. 
On the application, you will be required to document your qualifications for licensing. You will also have to answer questions regarding current or past drug/alcohol abuse, mental disorders, convictions of law violations, etc.

The Board of Pharmacy, in its duty to protect the public health and safety, can deny a license to any person deemed to be unfit to practice as a pharmacy technician.

In addition to the completed application, the Board will require you to submit:

Live Scan fingerprints, which are screened by the state Dept of Justice
A recent photograph
A check or money order for your registration fee.
If you will be using your training at SAC to qualify for the license, please submit all three completed pages of the application, with your picture attached, to the Pharmacy Technology office (H-208).  Dr. Askew will fill in the section entitled “Affidavit of Completed Coursework or Graduation” and attach the department seal.  You will then mail the completed application and supporting materials to the Board of Pharmacy.

If you have questions about a pending pharmacy technician license application, send an e-mail to: Appstatus@dca.ca.gov 

Pharmacy Technician License Renewal:

Pharmacy technician licenses must be renewed every two years.  Currently, pharmacy technicians are not required to complete any continuing education hours to renew their licenses.  (Note that the PTCB does require continuing education to renew your CPhT certification.)

Four to six weeks before your license expires, you should receive a renewal notice.  These notices are sent to the “address of record” that you submitted to the Board on your license application. 

If you move, be sure to inform the Board of your new address! 
By law, you have just 30 days after you move to notify the Board.  Address change forms are available on the Board’s web site.  You can access the form by clicking on the underlined sentence above.

Send the renewal form and fee back to the Board of Pharmacy as soon as possible.  There is no grace period on license renewals.  If your license renewal has not been fully processed before the expiration date of your old license, it is not legal for you to work as a pharmacy technician.  Your employer may be forced to send you home without pay. 

You can check the expiration date of your license and verify that a renewal has been processed by checking this link on the Board of Pharmacy’s web site.

If you fail to renew your license within 60 days of the expiration date, even if you didn’t get the renewal notice because the Board had an old address, your license will be cancelled.  Cancelled licenses cannot be renewed.  You will have to start the original license application process all over again.

Who regulates pharmacies in California

CONSUMER AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT | BOARD OF PHARMACY

Information provided by: County of San Diego Mental Health Services

Licenses and regulates those responsible for dispensing medications in the state of California. Accepts complaints about pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies (does not have jurisdiction over drug prices charged by the pharmacy). Verifies the licenses of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies. Offers online searching to verify licensing and disciplinary information.

 

How do I renew my California pharmacist license?

Personal License Information/Renewal

Effective April 1, 2020 New Renewal Fees: Please review the Fee Schedule to ensure you submit the correct renewal fee to renew your license. Incorrect fees may impact the renewal of your license.

Approximately six weeks before the expiration date of your license, a renewal application will be mailed to your last known address of record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses even if they do not receive a renewal notice. The board does not send duplicate renewal applications.

If you have not received the renewal notice within 4 weeks of expiration of the license, you may renew your license by submitting a Request for Renewal form. Do not submit a renewal request more than 60 days before the expiration date of the license.

It takes a minimum of three weeks to process your renewal and another three weeks to receive the renewed license in the mail. It will take longer if your renewal application is deficient. Examples of deficiencies are: Failure to have the proper signatures(s) in the designated area on the renewal notice, failing to enter CE hours, or failure to submit name change documents. You will be notified in writing of any deficiencies. Frequently facilities undergoing name changes, ownership changes, location changes or changes in key officers must submit a more detailed application. The board will contact you if this is necessary.

The board is unable to verify receipt of renewal fees over the phone. If your fee has been received and processed, it will be reflected on the board’s Web site on the license verification screen, even if you have not received your renewed license in the mail. You may verify that your license has been renewed by clicking on the Verify a License. For purpose of license verification, California law allows the printout of a license record from the board’s website.

To report a change of name or address, please go to Change of Name and/or Address.

The Board is unable to accept a foreign payment unless it meets the following specific criteria:

  • The negotiable item must be drawn on a United States (US) Bank with a 9-digit routing number;
  • Issued in US dollars; and
  • The amount is over $200.00 US Dollars.

If you wish to complete a wire transfer, please contact the Board at renewalstatus@dca.ca.gov for assistance.

Military Personnel Renewal Information

Duplicate/Replacement License

How many pharmacies are in California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are approximately 88,000 pharmacies in the United States. Over half (about 48,000) are located within drug storesgrocery storeshospitalsdepartment storesmedical clinics, surgery clinics, universitiesnursing homesprisons, and other facilities. The remaining pharmacies are considered to be independent or privately owned. The top 25 pharmacy chain stores represent about 38,000 pharmacy locations in the U.S. and employ about 149,000 on-staff pharmacistsCalifornia has 8,015 pharmacies, the most of any state. TexasFloridaNew York, and Pennsylvania round out the top five states for pharmacy locations. Nationwide, the number of community pharmacies increased by 6.3% between 2007-2015, and the number of pharmacies per 10,000 people (2.11) did not change. However, the number of pharmacies per-capita varies substantially across counties, ranging from 0 to 13.6 per- 10,000 people in 2015.

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The Board also administers one of the 3 exams you will be required to take before licensing: The California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (CPJE) – which tests pharmacy law The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is a national standards and regulation body and another major organization you will work with to earn your license.

All three were in effect when the violations occurred, the pharmacy board’s accusation states. (record-bee.com)

It requires several supporting documents, including proof of a foreign pharmacist license or an accepted substitute.

The Department of Consumer Affairs and its California Board of Pharmacy regulate the profession of Registered Pharmacist in California.

FINGERPRINTING OPTIONS Your fingerprints are used by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do a criminal background check.

It administers the other 2 exams: FPGEE – Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination – standardized pharmacy test for international candidates NAPLEX – North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam – skills and knowledge of pharmacy The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is home to the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC), which will be your first point of contact in your license process.

It administers the other 2 exams: FPGEE – Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination – standardized pharmacy test for international candidates NAPLEX – North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam – skills and knowledge of pharmacy The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is home to the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC), which will be your first point of contact in your license process.

PASS THE NORTH AMERICAN PHARMACIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION (NAPLEX) AND THE CALIFORNIA PHARMACY JURISPRUDENCE EXAM (CPJE) When your Application for Licensure and Examination is complete, the California Board of Pharmacy will send you a letter confirming that you are eligible to take both the NAPLEX and CPJE.

REGULATION OF PHARMACISTS IN CALIFORNIA All foreign graduates must obtain certification by the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) before they can apply with the California State Board of Pharmacy to obtain an intern license, take the pharmacist licensure examinations or become licensed as a pharmacist.

During the waiver period, no CA or Veterans Affairs (VA) program affected by the CPJE compromise will be sanctioned for not meeting the licensure requirement. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

During the waiver period, no VA program affected by the CPJE compromise will be sanctioned for not meeting the licensure requirement. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Based on the billing review, Respondents Kelseyville and Stewart billed Medi-Cal for brand-name drugs, but filled prescriptions with generics, resulting in the overbilling.” Subsequent inspections at both Stewart’s pharmacies also revealed, among other things, that prescription bottles were being transferred illegally between locations, and records had not been adequately kept for inventories of “dangerous drugs” like Geodon, Ziprasidone, Seroquel, Quetiapine, Zyprexa, and Olanzapine. (record-bee.com)

Based on the accusation, the board of pharmacy began investigating Kelseyville Pharmacy in 2015 after the California Department of Health Care Services signaled that a Medi-Cal billing review had revealed inadequate records regarding certain antipsychotic drugs. “Auditors discovered that (Kelseyville Pharmacy) had significant shortages in their inventory for brand-name atypical antipsychotic drugs,” the accusation reads. “During the period of July 1, 2012, through July 31, 2014, Respondents Kelseyville and Stewart billed various strengths of brand name Geodon, Seroquel, and Zyprexa for an overpayment of $227,657.79. (record-bee.com)

Your internship must total 1,500 hours, with at least 900 of these earned in direct practice of pharmacy in two environments: Community pharmacy (ex: a commercial pharmacy like those found in stores) and Institutional pharmacy (ex: in a medical facility like a hospital or clinic) You can also use up to 600 hours of your total 1,500 hours in activities that are not direct practice but closely related to pharmacy practice (ex: some types of research).

To see all the information for a licensee, including the disciplinary action, you must click on the highlighted name. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

DCA License Search Use this online search tool to verify a license issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for the professions listed under license type. (search.dca.ca.gov)

To find out if your pharmacy or one near you offers drug collection bins or mail-back envelopes, enter the pharmacy name or your city or ZIP code in the search box below. (dca.ca.gov)

Primary Contact Anne Sodergren Executive Officer 2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833 (nabp.pharmacy)

Note: The board’s inspectors and staff cannot provide legal advice, but they will assist you by identifying statutory and regulatory sections that pertain to your questions. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Candidates applying to retake the exam will not have to submit application fees, LiveScan/fingerprint requirements, or transcripts. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Contact public information officer Bob Dávila at (916) 518-3091 or bob.davila@dca.ca.gov . (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Although we recognize the difficulty this delay presents for applicants, the Board’s priority is to ensure applicants can reliably demonstrate they possess the proper knowledge, training and skill necessary to provide competent pharmacy care for consumers. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Jon Roth, CEO of California Pharmacists Association, spoke on behalf of the profession in an article in the LA Times regarding the CPJE licensing exam issue. (cpha.com)

The board is working on a solution to allow impacted candidates a limited opportunity to retake the CPJE at no cost. (cpha.com)

However, as a state consumer protection agency, the board’s priority is to ensure applicants can reliably demonstrate they possess the proper knowledge, training and skill necessary to provide competent pharmacy care for California consumers. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

As a result, the board launched an investigation about the events and announced that exam scores would not be released until further notice. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

In addition to the terms of probation and surrender of her stake in the two pharmacies, Stewart has been ordered to pay the state for $7,500 in legal fees. (record-bee.com)

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Your foreign credential evaluation is not the first step in the Certification program – it takes a while to happen.

If your oral English is not as strong as your written English, consider taking the TOEFL before applying for the Certification Program so you do not have to extend your Certification Program timeline because of language study.

IMPORTANT NOTES ON THE FOREIGN PHARMACY GRADUATE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE (FPGEC) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: Your Certification Program file will close if you do not correspond with the FPGEC office for two years unless you go through an extension process with the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee.

COMPLETE THE FOREIGN PHARMACY GRADUATE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE (FPGEC) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The purpose of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification Program is to document the educational equivalency of your foreign pharmacy education.

Many candidates like you have spent a lot of time and money – even passed the certification program exam! – before learning they are disqualified based on the credential evaluation.

If the FPGEC receives fraudulent documents, the application will be delayed and your acceptance to the FPGEC Certification Program may be jeopardized.

COMPLETE THE FOREIGN PHARMACY GRADUATE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE (FPGEC) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The purpose of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification Program is to document the educational equivalency of your foreign pharmacy education.

Share this: KELSEYVILLE Local pharmacist Ruth Anne Stewart, the owner of Coyote Valley Pharmacy and co-owner of Kelseyville Pharmacy, has had her pharmacist’s license put on probation after settling with the state and accepting a disciplinary order based on a misconduct accusation filed against her last year. (record-bee.com)

The license for Kelseyville Pharmacy was granted in 2003, and the Coyote Valley Pharmacy was licensed in 2011. (record-bee.com)

Kelseyville Pharmacy had “overages and shortages for a total of 33 prescription drugs, with no records to explain the variances,” the accusation states. (record-bee.com)

There are a number of non-compliant forms in use by health care professions that were printed by Department of Justice (DOJ) licensed security form printers. (dbc.ca.gov)

The Pharmacy Board’s response upon identification of non-compliant forms having been used to dispense controlled drugs is to educate the licensee, and to cite and fine the pharmacy/pharmacists involved. (dbc.ca.gov)

Recently some pharmacies have begun to refuse to fill prescriptions written on non-compliant forms where item 11162.1(a)(10) is not fully compliant with the required elements . (dbc.ca.gov)

The Pharmacy Board recently has received complaints from patients or prescribers whose patients have been denied medication from the pharmacy because of the non-compliant forms. (dbc.ca.gov)

Prescribers with non-compliant forms should reorder compliant forms from a DOJ-licensed security printer. (dbc.ca.gov)

Prescribers with non-compliant forms should consider using e-prescribing for controlled substances. *Please note this exception to the security forms requirements: controlled substances prescriptions written for patients with a terminal illness may be written on ordinary prescription forms pursuant to section 11159.2 of the Health & Safety Code – here is a link (see page 352). (dbc.ca.gov)

If your internship hours were completed outside of California, you must also include form 17A-16 the License Verification.

A separate 17A-29 form is needed for each site where you completed internship hours.

Your internship hours must be reported using Forms 17A-29 the Pharmacy Intern Hours Affadavit and 17A-77 the Experience Affadavit.

SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AND EXAMINATION Once your Certification and Internship hours are complete, the next step is preparing your Application for Pharmacist Licensure and Examination (available in Important Links).

Additional search sites for drug collection locations: Drug Enforcement Administration – Search for medication disposal locations. (dca.ca.gov)

Don’t Rush to Flush – Search for medication disposal locations and events. (dca.ca.gov)

FOREIGN PHARMACY GRADUATE EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATION (FPGEE) NORTH AMERICAN PHARMACIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION (NAPLEX) The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) tests the central knowledge you have gained in your education as a pharmacist.

It administers the other 2 exams: FPGEE – Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination – standardized pharmacy test for international candidates NAPLEX – North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam – skills and knowledge of pharmacy The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is home to the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC), which will be your first point of contact in your license process.

This additional employee must be identified/named to the pharmacist. (jdsupra.com)

The additional employee must be able to perform the same duties that non-licensed pharmacy personnel can perform (i.e. as specified in California Code of Regulations Title 16, Section 1793.3). (jdsupra.com)

The additional employee must be qualified to have access to controlled substances, as evidenced by background checks that are consistent with federal requirements for pharmacy employees with such access. (jdsupra.com)

The additional employee must be able to assist the pharmacist within five minutes of the pharmacist’s request. (jdsupra.com)

SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AND EXAMINATION Once your Certification and Internship hours are complete, the next step is preparing your Application for Pharmacist Licensure and Examination (available in Important Links).

The average salary nationally was $111,570 in 2010.

That year, the average salary for pharmacists in California was $122,800.

The highest earning potential for pharmacists is in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, with an average salary of $125,480.

Please note: The FPGEC has seen a rise in fraudulent documents.

These fraudulent documents come from entities pretending to be official government offices with the right to approve documents.

Currently, there are only two ways for you to become eligible if you are in this situation: You can use your foreign degree as a basis for transfer credit to a US or other 5-year pharmacy program and graduate from the new institution with a 5-year professional degree (some pharmacy schools even offer special advanced standing programs for foreign pharmacy graduates).

Some foreign pharmacy graduates are able to pass the FPGEE even before they can pass the TOEFL.

CLINICAL INTERNSHIP A 1,500 hour clinical training program is required of all foreign pharmacy graduates in the state of California before you can be eligible to take the pharmacy professional exam (the NAPLEX, discussed in detail in the Tests section) and qualify for a California pharmacist license.

VERIFY YOUR LEGAL NAME OF RECORD Please verify your full legal name of record with the board at PSI’s website: https://candidate.psiexams.com/catalog/fti_agency_license_details.jsp?fromwhere=findtest&testid=935 . (If you registered for the CPJE over the phone with PSI, you will be required to create an account with PSI to verify your name of record.) If your full legal name of record does not match your name on your forms of identification , send a copy of both identifications to the board at intern-examstatus@dca.ca.gov by 12 p.m. PST November 15, 2019, to allow for processing time. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

To schedule an exam, go to candidate.psiexams.com or call (877) 392-6422. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

To grant a temporary waiver to any CA pharmacy resident who passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) for the requirement that residents complete 2/3 of their residency as a pharmacist licensed to practice in the program’s jurisdiction until the CA State Board of Pharmacy resolves the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE) compromise, CPJE results are released, and pharmacy residents are licensed. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

To grant a temporary waiver to any resident who sought initial licensure in CA, passed the NAPLEX, and practices in a VA facility in another state for the requirement that residents complete 2/3 of their residency as a pharmacist licensed to practice in the program’s jurisdiction until the CA State Board of Pharmacy resolves the CPJE compromise, CPJE results are released, and pharmacy residents are licensed. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

To grant a temporary waiver to any post-graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy resident not originally licensed in CA and seeking licensure in CA for the requirement that residents complete 2/3 of their residency as a pharmacist licensed to practice in the program’s jurisdiction until the CA State Board of Pharmacy resolves the CPJE compromise, CPJE results are released, and pharmacy residents are licensed. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

During the waiver period, no CA or Veterans Affairs (VA) program affected by the CPJE compromise will be sanctioned for not meeting the licensure requirement. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

Please note below the appropriate time frame to schedule to retake the exam on November 16 or November 17. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

TIME FRAME TO SCHEDULE THE CPJE ON NOVEMBER 16: Test Date : November 16 Scheduling Dates : 10/16 – 10/31 Deadline to Schedule : 10/31 Testing Locations : California and approved locations outside of California TIME FRAME TO SCHEDULE THE CPJE ON NOVEMBER 17: Test Date : November 17 Scheduling Dates : 11/2 – 11/16 Deadline to Schedule : 11/16 Testing Locations : California only NOTE: Scheduling for the November 17 test date in California opens November 2. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

The exam will be offered at testing sites nationwide. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

CPJE Update – 10/22/19 FOR PHARMACISTS WHO TOOK THE INVALIDATED CPJE: Beginning October 22, 2019, pharmacist applicants can register to retake the CPJE in California on November 17, 2019, at testing sites in Burbank, El Monte/Santa Fe Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

As a reminder, registration remains open for applicants who want to retake the CPJE on November 16. 2019, at testing sites in California and nationwide. (pharmacy.ca.gov)

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