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Pharmacy Boards to Offer On-Line Licensure Services

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy Boards to Offer On-Line Licensure Services

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Using mouse clicks instead of the mail, pharmacists and pharmacy owners will soon be able to submit initial license applications and renewals to state pharmacy boards through the Internet.

Beta testing of the new multistate Intemet-based licensure and renewal system is slated for next month, with full implementation expected by May 31. The system is a result of an agreement between the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and, a provider of Weir based on-line transaction solutions. Developed and operated at no cost to the state pharmacy boards, the system will allow pharmacists and pharmacy owners to submit license applications and renewals on-line. Someday it may be expanded to license transfers between states as well.

"This system is revolutionary in its multistate approach and cutting-edge technology," said Dyke Anderson, NABP president "It will enable state boards of pharmacy to streamline their licensure and renewal systems, decrease costs, and direct more of their resources toward patient outcomes and quality-of-care initiatives."

Running in a real-time format; the system will permit payment of fees by credit and debit cards. It will also record and verify continuing education credits and provide licensees with quick access to information in their files.

Pharmacists and owners who opt to go on line to renew their licenses will be charged $5 to $10, said Carmen Catizone, NABP executive director. The on-line fee will be in addition to an individual state's usual fee for licensure or relicensure. Revenues generated by the on-line fee will be shared by NABP and, which will recoup its initial outlays to underwrite the project

"It means pharmacists can register or renew their license on-line in a matter of minutes from their computer, ' said Catizone. "They'll not only have the records accessible on their computer, but NABP would also be maintaining a public site where the pharmacists can check their records to make sure there correct and make changes to them. We're hoping that, down the road, it will facilitate license transfer because all the records will be right there. It would be just a matter of verifying any changed information with the states. Pharmacists wouldn't have to use paper and pencil for just about anything anymore. …

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