California Rolls Out 3PL Licensing Program for Pharmaceuticals

prescriptions lowIt’s official: As expected California has started to roll out its licensing program for any third-party logistics provider handling prescription drugs in or out of the state. According to a memo from the California Board of Pharmacy: “Companies that do not own, but receive, store and ship prescription drugs and prescription devices into or within California need to obtain a third-party logistics provider (3PL) license immediately with the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Formerly, these entities were licensed as wholesalers or nonresident wholesalers by the Board of Pharmacy, but with passage of federal legislation in November 2013 and Assembly Bill 2605 (Bonilla) in 2014, entities that were previously licensed by the board as wholesalers need to obtain a different license as a third-party logistics provider as well as designate a responsible manager and secure licensure of specialized employees who will serve as designated representatives – 3PLs. Wholesalers that operate as 3PLs need to work with the board to achieve compliance and become properly licensed.”

Virginia Herold, executive director of the California Board of Pharmacy, is conducting a question-and-answer series for 3PLs and will address many questions during the March 26 Enforcement Committee Meeting in Sacramento, Calif.

To view the legislation, go to: For a 3PL application, go to: For more information, call the Board of Pharmacy at: (916) 574-7900.

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