The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy consists of seven board members who are appointed by the Governor for a term of five years. Five board members are practicing pharmacists while two members are public members. It is the duty of the Board to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by the effective regulation of the practice of pharmacy; the licensure of pharmacists; the licensure and regulation of all sites or persons who distribute, manufacture, or sell drugs or devices used in the dispensing and administration of drugs or devices within the state of West Virginia.
The Board typically meets five or six times a year to conduct business, set policy, consider proposed regulations, and deal with disciplinary matters. The meetings are usually held at the Board office in Charleston or at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in Morgantown. The meetings are open to the public except when the Board goes into executive session for specified reasons allowed by law. Examinations for applicants to become pharmacists and pharmacy technicians occur three times a year, generally in January, June, and September.
The Board employs a staff to process applications for licenses and permits, to inspect pharmacies, and investigate complaints or situations which may be in violation of pharmacy laws or regulations. You may make a complaint against a pharmacist or pharmacy if you feel that they have violated the law in some fashion. You can fill out a complaint form by clicking here for a printable version to mail to us.