Pharmacy

Application documents received prior to the date noted below are currently in the initial stage of processing. The timeframe for the review and evaluation of these materials varies. Applications with education from outside the U.S. usually require a lengthier review process. All applicants should allow an additional 6-8 weeks for review after this date before submitting a Contact Us Form to request a status update, as contacting us earlier will delay processing. We cannot provide the status of a licensure application by phone. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Profession Currently Initiating the Process for Items Received
Pharmacists 5/14/2022

Advisory Notice: Pharmacists Administering COVID-19 Vaccine PDF

For the latest information on COVID-19 issues impacting the licensed professions, including professional exam updates, please visit OP’s COVID-19 website.


Beware of Voice Phishing—or "Vishing"—Calls, Emails, Letters or Faxes

The New York State Education Department ("SED") Office of the Professions ("OP") and the New York State Board for Pharmacy are alerting everyone to a vishing scam that has been brought to our attention. Phishing—or "vishing"—scams impersonate SED employees or Board members attempting to collect licensure, personal and/or financial information from the licensee.

If you receive an inquiry which you believe to be suspicious do not provide any information. To verify if the inquiry, contact OP directly using the contact information on the OP webpage at http://www.op.nysed.gov/contact.htm.

You may report suspicious calls to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds#item-37207.

Effective January 1, 2022, the Part III (compounding) examination is no longer a requirement for pharmacist licensure in New York State. Applicants who have previously applied for, but did not obtain, pharmacist licensure in New York State due to the Part III examination must submit a Form 1A to the Department if they wish to have their application reviewed to determine whether they now meet the revised requirements for licensure in New York State.

  • If additional information is required, the Department will contact the applicant via the email address on the applicant's file.
  • Applicants can confirm the issuance of their license via the Department's Online Verification Searches Page which is updated daily.
  • Applicants must allow six weeks before submitting a Contact Us Form to check the status of their application.

The Department is updating its webpages to reflect the most current information around pharmacist licensure and endorsement. Applicants are encouraged to check the Department's Pharmacist licensure and endorsement FAQ page for additional information.

Regulatory amendments pertaining to the compounding continuing education requirements in the profession of pharmacy take effect on January 1, 2023. Website revisions and continuing education FAQs will be posted closer to the that date. .

Advisory Notice: Automated Dispensing Machines

The New York State Department of Education (Department) has been made aware that pharmacy establishments have installed Automated Dispensing Machines (ADM) that store and provide prescription drugs for sale to customers outside of their respective registered pharmacy areas. The Department considers this to be a violation of state law.

As defined in Education Law §6802(1), a “pharmacy” means any place in which drugs, prescriptions or poisons are possessed for the purpose of compounding, preserving, dispensing or retailing, or in which drugs, prescriptions or poisons are compounded, preserved, dispensed or retailed, or in which such drugs, prescriptions or poisons are by advertising or otherwise offered for sale at retail.

Education Law §6808(1) prohibits an establishment from offering prescriptions drugs for retail sale unless properly registered by the Department as a pharmacy.

Pharmacy establishments located in New York must meet all requirements outlined in Title 8 NYCRR Part 63, Section 63.6.

Pharmacy establishments that operate these ADMs appear to be violating New York State law and may be subject to disciplinary and unprofessional conduct action.

Responsibility for compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to the conduct of a pharmacy is placed upon the ownership of the pharmacy and the Supervising Pharmacist.


Pharmacy refers to the preparation and dispensing of drugs as well as the counseling of patients in the proper use of these drugs.
A professional pharmacist working.

When your pharmacist counsels you about your prescription, the pharmacist may discuss the following information with you:

  • The medicine's name
  • What it is supposed to do
  • When the medicine should be taken and for how long
  • How the medicine should be taken
  • Common side effects
  • Foods, drinks, other medicines, or activities you should avoid while taking the medicine
  • What you should do if you miss a dose
  • How you should store the medicine
  • If there are any refills of the prescription

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Last Updated: May 17, 2022