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Pharmacists dispense and/or distribute prescription drug products to Massachusetts consumers in hospitals, nursing homes, retail pharmacy departments and home care settings. They consult directly with patients, or with their caregivers, explaining proper use and storage of drug products and providing information on contraindications for use.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy provides a code of professional regulations for ensuring the highest degree of ethical and moral practice by pharmacists. They also monitor pharmacists for attainment of critical educational requirements. The Board works to assure consumers are receiving the highest quality prescription drug products at affordable prices.
To promote, preserve, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare by fostering the provision of quality pharmaceutical care to the citizens of Massachusetts through the regulation of the practice of pharmacy, the operation of pharmacies, and the distribution of prescription drugs in the public interest.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration In Pharmacy will assume a leadership role in regulating the practice of pharmacy and act in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, efficiency, effectiveness, and openness.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy licenses 9,563 pharmacists, 2,398 pharmacies and 141 wholesale distributors in the Commonwealth. For fiscal year 2002, the Board received 270 new complaints and resolved 261 from this and previous fiscal years. It held 62 informal conferences, 12 hearings, and entered into 13 consent agreements. The Board revoked two licenses, suspended three, placed four on probation, accepted the voluntary surrender of three, and issued five reprimands and 114 advisory letters. Investigators inspected 26 retail pharmacies; one hospital pharmacy and five wholesale distributors, checking 106 licenses. The Board collected $429,702 in fees.
Last modified 05/02/03