Pharmacy, Board of

The State Board of Pharmacy was created in 1891, and it regulates the pharmacy practice to ensure that only qualified individuals practice pharmacy in Oregon. The Board licenses pharmacists by examination or through license transfer with other states. It also registers and inspects retail, hospital and other pharmacy outlets such as Fred Meyer and Safeway store pharmacies, as well as drug wholesalers, manufacturers, and over-the-counter drug outlets such as convenience stores. This ensures regulation of the manufacture, production, sale and distribution of prescription and nonprescription drugs, including controlled substances, devices and other materials used in diagnosis and treatment that are required under federal or state law to be prescribed by a practitioner and dispensed by a pharmacist.