The NABP member boards and jurisdictions are committed to developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.


How do the Boards of Pharmacy Help Consumers?

The state boards of pharmacy are working for you to protect your health. They accomplish this task by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies through licensing programs, inspecting pharmacies, investigating complaints, disciplining those that have broken state pharmacy laws and regulations, and writing pharmacy rules and regulations. The public can contact their state board of pharmacy when they have questions or concerns about a pharmacist or pharmacy.

NABP Supports the Boards of Pharmacy

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy supports the pharmacy boards by administering examinations to all United States pharmacy college graduates along with international pharmacists wishing to be licensed in the US.

NABP was established in 1904 to help the state boards transfer pharmacist licenses from state to state by verifying educational, disciplinary, and license information. NABP is still doing this today.

Additionally, some states have laws requiring wholesale distributers of pharmaceuticals to obtain accreditation from NABP. Currently, more than 475 distribution facilities are accredited through the VAWD program.

NABP Programs Protect Consumers

Most timely is the more than decade-old VIPPS program, which accredits those online pharmacies that meet state and federal laws. To earn this accreditation, pharmacies must pass inspections on a regular basis, as well as meet a 19-point criteria for safe and lawful practices. The VIPPS program was developed when NABP began seeing Web sites selling counterfeit medications that did not work or were dangerous. Investigations showed that some sites also defrauded patients by taking their money and not sending any product at all.

Since the VIPPS program was launched in 1999, the number of unscrupulous Web sites has exploded. In order to help patients recognize these risky online drug distributors, NABP researches suspicious sites and lists them on its Web site as “Not Recommended” to help consumers as they look to purchase prescription medications online. The sites listed appear to be out of compliance with state and federal pharmacy laws or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards.

NABP also has a list of “Recommended” online pharmacies, which includes 31 VIPPS-accredited sites representing more than 12,000 online pharmacies and 18 Vet-VIPPS accredited sites.

Harm from Internet drug outlets has been widely reported by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, CNN, and even the FBI. For more information on the problem and how to protect yourself visit the Buying Medication Online section of the NABP Web site.

Helpful Web Sites

Become an active partner with your health care provider. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices provides information on how you can take a leading role in preventing medication errors at

Parents – need help with your teen on drugs? The Partnership at offers direction and advice on how to talk to your kids.

Other Partners

NABP also works closely with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NABP is often called upon to provide expert testimony about the practice of pharmacy during state and federal court proceedings. NABP provides an impartial, independent, and international perspective on current issues in the practice of pharmacy.

In addition, NABP collaborates with other pharmacy associations including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA).