State Board of Pharmacy

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the State Board of Pharmacy. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The State Board of Pharmacy was created in 1891. Its purpose is to enforce high quality standards of pharmacy practice and regulate drugs to uphold the safety, health and welfare of the public. Today, the board is appointed by the governor and consists of nine members: five licensed pharmacists, two public members and two pharmacy technicians. There are also 20 staff members, led by the executive director, who are located at the Portland headquarters. They implement the board’s policies, statutes and rules through licensure and compliance.

Currently, there are 27,182 licensees, which include pharmacists, preceptors, pharmacy technicians, interns, and drug outlets, including pharmacies, manufacturers, wholesalers and charitable pharmacies. Licensing fees solely finance the activities of the board. In the last year, Oregon became the first state to implement contraceptive prescribing authority for pharmacists.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 150, Portland 97232-2162
Telephone: 971-673-0001
Fax: 971-673-0002
Contact: Marcus Watt, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Mo Klein
Records Officer Email: Karen MacLean
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 475, 689
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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