ORS 689.225¹
License requirement
  • exceptions
  • possession of drugs
  • regulation of pharmacy technicians
  • rules
  • penalty

(1) A person may not engage in the practice of pharmacy unless the person is licensed under this chapter. Nothing in this section prevents physicians, dentists, veterinarians or other practitioners of the healing arts who are licensed under the laws of this state from dispensing and administering prescription drugs to their patients in the practice of their respective professions where specifically authorized to do so by law of this state.

(2) A person may not take, use or exhibit the title of pharmacist or the title of druggist or apothecary, or any other title or description of like import unless the person is licensed to practice pharmacy under this chapter.

(3) A pharmacist may not possess personally or store drugs other than in a licensed pharmacy except for those drugs legally prescribed for the personal use of the pharmacist or when the pharmacist possesses or stores the drugs in the usual course of business and within the pharmacist’s scope of practice. An employee, agent or owner of any registered manufacturer, wholesaler or pharmacy may lawfully possess legend drugs if the person is acting in the usual course of the business or employment of the person.

(4) The State Board of Pharmacy shall adopt rules relating to the use of pharmacy technicians working under the supervision, direction and control of a pharmacist. For retail and institutional drug outlets, the board shall adopt rules which include requirements for training, including provisions for appropriate on-the-job training, guidelines for adequate supervision, standards and appropriate ratios for the use of pharmacy technicians. Improper use of pharmacy technicians is subject to the reporting requirements of ORS 689.455 (Duty to report suspected violations and prohibited conduct).

(5) The mixing of intravenous admixtures by pharmacy technicians working under the supervision, direction and control of a pharmacist is authorized and does not constitute the practice of pharmacy by the pharmacy technicians.

(6) Any person who is found to have unlawfully engaged in the practice of pharmacy is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. [1979 c.777 §21; 1983 c.402 §3; 1985 c.565 §104; 1989 c.608 §2; 1997 c.729 §2; 2001 c.278 §1; 2009 c.326 §3; 2017 c.409 §33]

Chapter 689

Notes of Decisions

Board of Pharmacy had authority to adopt rule making drug ephedrine available by prescrip­tion only. Northwest Connec­tion v. Board of Pharmacy, 108 Or App 320, 814 P2d 191 (1991)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of board to require retail price list of prescrip­tion drugs, (1975) Vol 37, p 345; hospital policy requiring pharmacy depart­ment to substitute therapeutically equivalent but not generically identical drugs, (1979) Vol 40, p 145; licensing require­ments for hospital technicians employed by state correc­tional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 689—Pharmacists; Drug Outlets; Drug Sales, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors689.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 689, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano689.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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