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The practice of pharmacy involves the safe and accurate preparing, compounding, preserving and dispensing of drugs, medicines and therapeutic devices. Pharmacists consult with both medical practitioners and their patients when presented with medical prescriptions or other legal authority to dispense medications or medical devices. Pharmacists familiarize themselves with individual patient medication histories to assist patients in making judgments about safe, effective uses of specific drugs.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a pharmacist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of August 3, 2012)

The fee for licensure is $339.
The fee for a limited (intern) permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2010, there were 1,178 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2011, there were 1,161 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Pharmacy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1051 - Pharmacists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1426 Prince Street
Alexander, Virginia 22314-2841
Phone: (703) 739-2330
Fax: (703) 836-8982


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 10/15/12.

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