2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Health Care
Article 42.5 - Pharmacists, Pharmacy Businesses, and Pharmaceuticals
Part 1 - General Provisions
§ 12-42.5-112. Licensure or registrations - applicability - applications - licensure requirements - rules

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-42.5-112 (2016) What's This?

(1) This article applies to all persons in this state engaged in the practice of pharmacy and to all outlets in this state engaged in the manufacture, dispensing, production, sale, and distribution of drugs, devices, and other materials used in the treatment of injury, illness, and disease.

(2) (a) Every applicant for a license under this article must read and write the English language, or if the applicant is a partnership, each member of the partnership must read and write the English language. If the applicant is a Colorado corporation, the corporation must be in good standing, and if the applicant is a foreign corporation, it must be qualified to do business in this state.

(b) The board shall issue the appropriate registration to each manufacturer and wholesaler that meets the requirements of this article unless the board determines that the issuance of the registration would be inconsistent with the public interest. In determining the public interest, the board shall consider the following factors:

(I) Maintenance of effective controls against diversion of controlled substances into illegitimate medical, scientific, or industrial channels;

(II) Compliance with applicable state and local laws;

(III) Any conviction of the applicant under any federal or state law relating to a controlled substance;

(IV) Past experience in the manufacture or distribution of controlled substances and the existence in the applicant's establishment of effective controls against diversion;

(V) Any false or fraudulent information in an application filed under this part 1;

(VI) Suspension or revocation of the applicant's federal registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance as authorized by federal law; and

(VII) Any other factors relevant to and consistent with the public peace, health, and safety.

(3) Every applicant for a license or registration under this article shall make written application in the manner and form prescribed by the board, setting forth the applicant's name and address, the applicant's qualifications for the license or registration, and other information required by the board. The applicant shall submit with the application the required fee, and, if the applicant is required to take an examination, the applicant shall appear for examination at the time and place fixed by the board.

(4) (a) (I) An applicant who has graduated from a school or college of pharmacy approved by the board may take an examination before the board.

(II) The examination must be designed fairly to test the applicant's knowledge of pharmacy and other related subjects and must be in a form approved by the board. The examination cannot be administered orally.

(III) An applicant for licensure by examination shall have completed an internship as prescribed by the board.

(b) A person who produces evidence satisfactory to the board that the person has graduated and obtained a degree from a school of pharmacy outside the United States and has passed a foreign graduate equivalency test given or approved by the board may apply to take the examination set forth in paragraph (a) of this subsection (4).

(5) Every applicant for licensure as a pharmacist, whether by examination, transfer of license, reactivation, or reinstatement, shall take a jurisprudence examination approved by the board that tests such applicant's knowledge of the laws of this state.

(6) No applicant shall exercise the privileges of licensure or registration until the board grants the license or registration.

(7) The board may require any applicant for licensure to display written or oral competency in English. The board may utilize a standardized test to determine language proficiency.

(8) A person licensed by examination and in good standing in another state may apply for a license transfer. The board shall designate a clearinghouse for license transfer applicants, and a person applying for a license transfer shall apply through the clearinghouse designated by the board.

(9) The board shall adopt rules as necessary to ensure that any person who manufactures drugs and any wholesaler of drugs possesses the minimum qualifications required for wholesale drug distributors pursuant to the federal "Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987", 21 U.S.C. sec. 353, as amended.

(10) A person whose license has been revoked shall not reapply for licensure earlier than two years after the effective date of the revocation.

(11) Issuance of a license or registration under this section and section 12-42.5-117 does not entitle a licensee or registered facility or outlet to wholesale, manufacture, distribute, dispense, or professionally use controlled substances beyond the scope of his or her federal registration.

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