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Board of Pharmacy

Welcome to the Board of Pharmacy website.

This board licenses and regulates pharmacies (in state and out of state), pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns in the State of New Jersey. Inquiries or complaints may be forwarded to Mr. Anthony Rubinaccio, Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy, PO Box 45013, Newark, NJ 07101, (973) 504-6450 or via e-mail.

New Jersey Prescription Blanks (NJPBs) Notice of Final Extension

The Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) is granting a final extension through November 2, 2014 for prescribers to issue prescriptions on the old prescription blanks (blue on the front).  Effective November 3, 2014, all prescriptions must be issued only on the new prescription blanks (green on the front).

Through November 2, 2014, practitioners may write valid prescriptions on either the old or new prescription blanks.  Patient prescriptions originally written/issued on or before November 2, 2014 should be filled at a New Jersey pharmacy pursuant to the guidelines set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:39-7.3 for non-Controlled Dangerous Substances (non-CDS) and N.J.A.C. 13:45H-7.5 for Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS).

Starting November 3, 2014, practitioners must use the new blanks to issue written prescriptions for their patients.  Prescribers are being encouraged to use new prescription blanks once they have received them.

This additional 45 days is to assist those who are experiencing delays in obtaining the new prescription blanks.  Prescribers are being reminded to order the new prescription blanks.  If you are asked about how to locate printer vendors, a list of approved printer vendors is available on the Division's website at

New Alerts

"Notification of the Rescheduling of Hydrocodone
Effective October 6, 2014, all Hydrocodone Combination Products are rescheduled as a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) in the State of New Jersey based on the recent federal Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) Final Rule. Please read the following information which outlines the limitations of a Schedule II CDS medication prescription.
(View Notice / Posted 9/25/14))

Optometrist OM-TPA Guidance for Pharmacies
The Division of Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with the Board of Pharmacy, is providing the following information concerning Doctors of Optometry (O.D.), Optometrists, and the medication prescriptive authority granted to Optometrists with a Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) Certification, in order to assist pharmacists and pharmacy personnel in filling prescription issued by Optometrists:
(View Notice / Posted 9/25/14))

Public Hearing in Reference to Peter J. Riccio, R.Ph.
There will be a Public Hearing in reference to Peter J. Riccio, R.Ph. of Warren, NJ 07059. The hearing will be held on December 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. located at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, in the Monmouth Conference Room on the 7th floor.
(View Notice / Posted 9/19/14))

Guidance for Pharmacists on Making Changes to Schedule II Prescriptions
The Board has received many inquiries from pharmacists asking what types of changes, if any, can be made to hardcopy prescriptions written for Schedule II medications. The Board has compiled the below list of changes, with appropriate protocols to be followed, in order to provide direction for pharmacists when confronted with the following scenarios.
(View Information / Posted 9/9/14)

Pharmacy Technicians
Requirement to Obtain and Maintain Active Registrations

It has come to the attention of the Board of Pharmacy that a number of Pharmacy Technicians may not be abiding by the regulations related to obtaining and maintaining an active registration as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of New Jersey. Effective immediately, Pharmacy Technicians who do not hold a valid registration, and who fall into one of the three groups outlined in the attached memo, have until May 15, 2014 to come into full compliance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:39-6.6 "Pharmacy technician registration and pharmacy technician applicants". All Pharmacists-in-Charge and those individuals performing the duties of Pharmacy Technicians are encouraged to review this information in it's entirety via the link below.
(View Information)

Naloxone Dispensing Guidance for Pharmacists
On May 2, 2013, Governor Christie signed into law the Overdose Prevention Act (P.L. 2013, c. 46, N.J.S.A. 254:6J-1 et seq.) One of the purposes of the law is to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths by making Naloxone, an opioid antidote, more widely available and accessible. The statute allows health care professionals to prescribe or dispense Naloxone, or similarly acting drugs, not only to patients who may be in danger of overdosing, but also to first responders, family members, caregivers, or peers who are not at risk for an opioid overdose but who, "in the judgment of a physician, may be in a position to assist another individual during an overdose." While the Board works to draft regulations to implement this new law, they have developed a Guidance document to assist pharmacists in complying with this new law and existing regulations. Pharmacists are encouraged to review this information in it's entirety via the link below.
(View Information)

Public Hearing in Reference to Jacobs Pharmacy
On December 17, 2013 there will be a Public Hearing in reference to Jacobs Pharmacy located at 370 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103. The hearing will be held at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, in the Essex Conference Room on the 7th floor, at 1:00 p.m.
(View Notice)

Three N.J. Pharmacists Surrender Their Licenses
Three N.J. Pharmacists Surrender Their Licenses Amid Pending Criminal Charges in Interstate Prescription Drug Distribution Ring
(View Information / Posted 11/18/13)

Project Medicine Drop
Allows consumers to dispose of unused and expired medications anonymously, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at "prescription drug drop boxes" located within the headquarters of participating police departments.
(Visit Web Site / Find a Drop Box Location)

Practices for Pharmacy Security
The best practices outlined are recommendations to achieve a safe operating environment for pharmacy employees and cust omers and lower the potential for adverse events.
(View Information / Posted 5/1/13)

Med Prep Consulting Inc.:
New Jersey Attorney General Seeks to Revoke the License of Med Prep Pharmacy and its Pharmacist-in-Charge Due to Multiple Alleged Violations

In Agreement with State Pharmacy Board, Monmouth County Pharmacy Temporarily Halts Operations Following Recall of Intravenous Products

Compounding Sterile and Non-Sterile Preparations in Retail and Institutional Pharmacies
(View Information / Approved 3/4/13)

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
(View Information / Updated 3/4/13)

The Board of Pharmacy recently adopted new rules, along with the Board of Medical Examiners, concerning: Collaborative Practice Arrangements between physicians and pharmacists.
(View Adoption / Adopted 2/17/13)

The Division of Consumer Affairs recently adopted amendments and new rules concerning: electronic prescriptions; specifically to permit the electronic prescribing of CDS.
(View Adoption / Adopted 1/7/13)

Safe Syringe & Assistance for Substance Abuse Issues
(View Information 10/9/12)


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