Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage, and we look forward to assisting you.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation is temporarily displaced while the building located at 76 Northern Avenue in Gardiner, Maine is closed for remediation work. During this temporary displacement, only limited staff will be located at 221 State Street in Augusta, Maine so the best way to contact us to resolve your issue, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and our licensees is by email or by phone or through our other online services.
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
You may follow this link to the Secretary of State's office to view a list of board members. Members of the public should not contact board members with questions or comments. All questions, comments or any other board-related matters must be directed to the Board’s administrator. (Geraldine.L. Betts@maine.gov 207-624-8625)
The Board of Pharmacy was established to protect the public through the regulation of pharmacies and pharmacists in Maine.
The primary responsibilities of the Board are to examine and license qualified applicants for licensure in the categories of Pharmacists or Pharmacists Assistants; to regulate and control the sale, character and standards of all drugs, poisons or medicines; to inspect during business hours all apothecaries, dispensaries, and locations where pharmaceuticals are manufactured, stored, distributed, compounded, dispersed or retailed; to secure samples of drugs and cause them to be analyzed and to keep a record of all persons examined and registered. The Board also investigates complaints against licensees and takes appropriate disciplinary action.
Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)
Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4380. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.
Are You a Mandated Reporter?
Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious incapacitated or dependent adult death has occurred.
Future correspondence from the Board of Pharmacy will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.
#01-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage
#02-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage
#03-2022 Statement of The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Beyond-Use Dating of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media Drugs During Acute Shortage
Practice Outreach Communication (PDF)
- Accessible Drug Labeling Best Practices For Visually Impaired, February 4, 2021
Policy on Veterans Preference
Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Policy on Veterans Preference - Adopted February 2017 (PDF)
Laws enacted by the 130th Legislature, First Regular Session
2021 Public Law Chapter 20, (L.D. 60 An Act to Clarify the Minimum Amount of Emergency Refills of Insulin) - Emergency, effective March 17, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 28, (L.D. 1 An Act to Establish the COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights and To Amend the Governor's Emergency Powers) - Emergency, effective March 25, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 289, (L.D. 4 An Act To Amend the Maine Pharmacy Act) - Emergency, effective June 21, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 9, (L.D. 172 Resolve, Directing the Maine Board of Pharmacy To Evaluate Existing Accommodations Available to Persons Who Are Visually Impaired To Access Prescription Information) effective June 29, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 146, (L.D. 603 An Act Regarding the Practice of Pharmacy) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 303, (L.D. 673 An Act To Create the Insulin Safety Net Program) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 84, (L.D. 998 An Act To Amend the Continuing Education Requirements for Pharmacists) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 265, (L.D. 1115 An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 271, (L.D. 1293 An Act To Improve Access to Certain Injectable Medications Approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration) effective October 18, 2021 (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 291, (L.D. 791 An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 167, (L.D. 149 An Act To Facilitate Licensure for Credentialed Individuals from Other Jurisdictions (PDF)
2021 Public Law Chapter 348, (L.D. 1336 An Act To Discontinue the Use of the Terms "Handicap," "Handicapped" and "Hearing Impaired" in State Laws, Rules and Official Documents (PDF)
Laws enacted by the 130th Legislature, Second Regular Session
Signed into Law April 7, 2022, Public Law Chapter 566 (LD1776) An Act To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense an Emergency Supply of Chronic Maintenance Drugs, Effective date to be determined upon the Legislature's adjournment sine die.
Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal
1. Chapter 4-A, Administration of Drugs and Vaccines (Amend)
2. Chapter 41, Sales of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machine Outlets (New)
3. Chapter 42, Compounding Drugs for Veterinary Office Use (New)
Current Important Notices/Reminders
- Compliance with Board Records Request 4-10-2023 (PDF) - THIS NOTICE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES
- Message from the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) on Fraudulent Prescriptions (PDF)
- FAQ's Regarding Manufacturers and Opioid Medication Fee Assessment and Product Registration (PDF)
- FAQ's Regarding Manufacturers and Insulin Product Registration Fee (PDF)
- Urgent and Important Message - Manufacturers of Opioid Medication and Opioid Product Registration (PDF)
- Training Announcement for Businesses, Schools, Religious Institutions, Government Agencies, and First Responders (PDF)
- Advisory Ruling - Time Limitations for Controlled Substance Prescriptions - 4-6-2017 (PDF)
- DHHS - PMP Update - Important message from Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF)
- Bureau of Insurance, Bulletin 377 - Any Willing Pharmacy
- Message from Attorney General Janet T. Mills on heroin and opioid abuse in Maine (PDF)
- Policy statement regarding licensure of Retail Suppliers of Prescription Medical Devices (PDF)
Older Important Notices/Reminders
- ME Board of Pharmacy Statement of Concern on Personal Importation of Prescription Drugs from International Mail Order Prescription Pharmacies (PDF)
- Memorandum-Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Program (April 5, 2013) (PDF)
- Memorandum-Compounding for Office Use (April 5, 2013) (PDF)
- Notice to Maine licensed pharmacies on reporting prescription monitoring information from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS). (PDF)
- Guidance Notice 4/10/2012 (PDF) - rule and law change affecting pharmacy interns.