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State Board of Pharmacy

Chris M. Gassen, Program Director

Consumer Protection is Our Mission.

DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.


April 26, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 26, 2014 the DEA will be coordinating the DEA's eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day allows residents to drop off expired or unused prescription medications without having to wonder whether they will be accepted.  Prescription drugs and controlled substances, including pain medication and ADHD drugs are accepted.

The DEA has coordinated with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, which must be present to accept controlled substance medication, in order to make the event possible.
The DEA will offer an online locator so that local disposal sites can be easily found.  The locator will be available starting April 1, 2014.  Check in often with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy AWARxE Program website, which may be accessed by clicking here, as take back sites will be added until the day of the event.

Colorado State Board of Pharmacy Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Presentation

Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

This presentation is intended for the individual or individuals that will be creating an account and submitting controlled substance prescription dispensing data to the CO PDMP on behalf of Colorado registered pharmacies. In detail it will cover what actions are required by the pharmacy and why. As well as other important information. We strongly encourage you to register and look forward to your questions. 

Please register at:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/271831720

 Changes to Midwives Statute that Affect Pharmacy

Senate Bill 11-088, which was signed into law in 2011, created two authorities for direct-entry midwives giving the registrants the ability to obtain and administer certain medications and intravenous fluids. The licensees can opt to have one or the other of the authorities or both.

Registrants with the medication authority, which is designated as "MWA" on their license card, can obtain and administer only the following drugs:

  1. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone, phytonadione);
  2. Rho D immune globulin;
  3. Oxytocin (Pitocin);
  4. Methylergonovine (Methergine);
  5. Misoprostol (Cytotec);
  6. Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment.

Registrants with the authority to obtain and administer certain intravenous fluids are designated by "MIV" on their license card. These individuals can obtain and administer only the following intravenous fluids:

  1. 0.9% sodium chloride in sterile water; and
  2. Lactated Ringer's solution (LR).

Please be aware that a direct-entry midwife may have one, both, or none of these authorities. Please verify the midwife's license care prior to distributing any of the above-listed drugs to ensure the individual has the proper authority. This information is also available here.

For Your Information (FYI)....

Registration bulletins for NAPLEX and MPJE can now be downloaded from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website,and registration forms can be requested online!

The State of Colorado does not register/certify or license Pharmacy Technicians. For information regarding Pharmacy Technician Certification, please visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board online.


We Changed Our Name!

The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.


Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

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