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Public Education
Mission of the Board of Pharmacy
The mission of the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy is to promote, preserve and protect the public health, safety and welfare by ensuring high standards in the practice of pharmacy and by regulating the quality, manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs.

Public Education
Why is it important to have a primary pharmacy?

In today's healthcare environment, patients are seen by a multitude of healthcare professionals, ncluding their primary care doctor, medical specialists, urgent care facility and emergency room personnel and dental professionals to name a few.  The potential for duplication of active ingredients or drug interactions increase with the addition of each healthcare professional care we are under.  Having your pharmacy records in one data bank drastically reduces the potential for drug interactions and duplication through drug utilization review and pharmacist counseling.

What are the general responsibilities of a Pharmacist?

Oregon Administrative Rule 855-019-0200 

ORS 689.025 states that "the practice of pharmacy in the State of Oregon is declared a health care professional practice affecting the public health, safety and welfare". Pharmacy practice is a dynamic patient-oriented health service that applies a scientific body of knowledge to improve and promote patient health by means of appropriate drug use, drug-related therapy, and communication for clinical and consultative purposes. A pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy by the Board has the duty to use that degree of care, skill, diligence and professional judgment that is exercised by an ordinarily careful pharmacist in the same or similar circumstances.

Why is it important for a pharmacist to counsel me?
Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are trained in the chemical structure of medication. Speaking with a pharmacist can avoid potential duplication or contradiction of drug therapy, errors in medication dosage; along with provide information regarding what medication and foods that can interfere with your drug therapy.

FDA Consumer Health Information: Safe Use Initiative
Preventing Harm from Medicines 

How do I know if an internet pharmacy is legit?
With the increased availability of internet and mail order pharmacies, it is important to be an informed consumer.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has been working with the state boards to combat rogue pharmacies that put the public’s health at risk; implemented accreditation programs for pharmacies and drug distribution facilities; and to provide valuable information and resources to the public.
How do I know if an internet pharmacy is legit?

My medication looks different, how do I know it is the right medication?
Oregon Administrative Rule 855-041-0065(7)(k) requires that any dispensed prescription medication, other than those in unit dose or unit of use packaging, shall be labeled with its physical description, including any identification code that may appear on tablets and capsules.  This label, commonly referred to as the Product Identification Label, is a valuable tool for the pharmacist and patient to verify the correct medication and dosage dispensed.  When picking up a new prescription, or if you have questions on a refill, ask that the pharmacist use this verification tool with you.

Laws & Rules
State laws regulating the practice of pharmacy in Oregon fall into two categories:

STATUTES  are laws which have been enacted by a vote of the legislature.  Only the Oregon Legislature may change the Oregon Revised Statutes. The Oregon Board of Pharmacy has the responsibility for implementing and regulating Chapters 475 and 689 of the Oregon Statutes.

RULES, on the other hand, are written by the Board of Pharmacy. Rules are required to be supported by a statute. Rules typically are less general and more specific to a particular situation.
Licensees of the Board of Pharmacy are guided by and required to comply with Oregon Statutes (Chapters 475 and 689) and Administrative Rules (Chapter 855). Those who violate these codes are subject to disciplinary action.  Discipline is considered carefully on a case-by-case basis by Board Members. 
Complaints can originate from consumers, another pharmacist, a prescriber, a technician, an employer, or anyone else.  If you believe a violation might have occurred, you may wish to file a complaint with the Board.
To order a CD containing the Oregon Board of Pharmacy Laws & Rules, click here.


Please click HERE for answers to the following questions and information on the complaint filing process.
What does the Board have Authority Over?
How can I file a complaint?
What is the process on how a complaint is investigated?

The Board's position statements
Position Statements

Related sites
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)  
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)  
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)  
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  
Health Professional's Service Program (HPSP)   
HIPAA Information