Board of Pharmacy

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.

Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.

Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation

 

Purpose

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.

Follow this link for more Mandated Reporter Information

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.

10 Day Notification

What's New

Practice Outreach Communication (PDF)

  • Accessible Drug Labeling Best Practices For Visually Impaired, February 4, 2021
  •  Labels-See-to-My-Safety-Fact-Sheet

Policy on Veterans Preference

Office of Professional and Financial Regulation - Policy on Veterans Preference - Adopted February 2017 (PDF)

Laws/Statutory

Laws enacted by the 130th Legislature

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)

 

Rulemaking

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal, Chapter 36 Licensure of Opioid Treatment Programs (PDF)

Final Adoption, Major Substantive Rule - Chapter 12 Licensure for Manufacturers and Wholesalers - (New) Section 7 on Exception to Prohibit Against Gifts for Practitioners - Effective, June 6, 2020

Emergency Rule - Chapter 36 Licensure for Opioid Treatment Programs, Adopted, April 4, 2020 (PDF). Note: The application for nurses to apply for a pharmacy technician license (PDF) is available online.

Current Important Notices/Reminders

Older Important Notices/Reminders