Whether opening a new establishment, changing locations, or changing owners, a pharmacy permit is required prior to operating in the State of Florida.
The requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 465.0156, F.S.:
- Florida Statutes require a completed application and fees before your application can be approved. Please read these instructions carefully and fully before submitting the application. You should keep a copy of the completed application and all other materials sent to the board office for your records. When you mail the completed application and fees, use the address noted in the instructions and on the application form.
- Non-Resident Pharmacy Registration as authorized by Section 465.0156, F.S., is required for those pharmacies located outside the state and which ships, mails, or delivers a dispensed medicinal drug into this state. In order to dispense medicinal drugs into Florida, the pharmacy and the pharmacist designated as the prescription department manager or equivalent must be licensed in the state of location.
- You must provide a toll free number which is available 6 days a week, not less than 40 hours and the pharmacist is able access the patient records.
- Submit a letter of licensure verification for the facility as well as for the Pharmacy Manager from the state board of pharmacy where you are located.The letter must include:a. Original Licensure Date;
b. Expiration Date;
c. Licensure Status; and
d. Any disciplinary action taken.
- Submit a copy of your most recent inspection by the state board of pharmacy or the entity responsible for conducting inspections in the state where you are physically located.
- Submit a copy of the Certificate of Status or Articles of Organization from your state for the corporation.
Applicants with Discipline History
If you answer “yes” to any of the disciplinary history questions on the application, Please provide a certified copy of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.
In addition, include detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
The Board of Pharmacy has created guidelines for specific actions to be cleared in the board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time.
Applicants with Criminal History
The Board of Pharmacy has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Pharmacy for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the Board when making licensure decisions.
Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following documentation to the Board:
Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the Clerk of the Court attesting to their unavailability.
Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Self Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense.
Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The department or board shall deny an application for a pharmacy permit if the applicant or an affiliated person, partner, officer, director, or prescription department manager or consultant pharmacist of record of the applicant:
(a) Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, Chapter 817, or Chapter 893, Florida Statutes (F.S.), or a similar felony offense committed in another state or jurisdiction, since July 1, 2009.
(b) Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 since July 1, 2009.
(c) Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to s. 409.913, F.S., unless the applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent 5-year period.
(d) Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent 5-year period and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application.
(e) Has obtained a permit by misrepresentation or fraud.
(f) Has attempted to procure, or has procured, a permit for any other person by making, or causing to be made, any false representation.
(g) Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which relates to the practice of, or the ability to practice, the profession of pharmacy.
(h) Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contenedre to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which relates to health care fraud.
(i) Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector Generalâs List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
(j) Has dispensed any medicinal drug based upon a communication that purports to be a prescription as defined by s. 465.003(14) or s. 893.02, F.S., when the pharmacist knows or has reason to believe that the purported prescription is not based upon a valid practitioner-patient relationship that includes a documented patient evaluation, including history and a physical examination adequate to establish the diagnosis for which any drug is prescribed and any other requirement established by board rule under Chapter 458, Chapter 459, Chapter 461, Chapter 463, Chapter 464, or Chapter 466, F.S.
If applicable, please provide documentation to the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
Within 7-14 days of receipt of your application and fees, the board office will notify you of the receipt of your application, any required documents, and your status. If your application is incomplete, you will be notified in writing of what is required to deem your application complete.
Please wait 7-14 days from the date our office receives the application before checking on the status of your permit. You may lookup your license number on our website.
The actual copy of your license should arrive within 7 days of the issue date.
Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health
Application fee: $255.00
Fee includes non-refundable $250.00 application fee and $5.00 unlicensed activity fee.