The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy regulates the practice of pharmacy and the manufacturing, distribution, sale and storage of prescription medications and devices and non-prescription medications. This includes compressed medical gases and the sale of nonprescription drugs for pets, including fish in aquariums. The Board issues licenses to pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technicians. They issue permits to pharmacies, drug manufacturers/ repackagers, drug wholesalers and distributors/ repackagers/ suppliers. (18)

Apply online: Applications

Contact: Arizona Board of Pharmacy, 602.771.2727


The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of the people in the United States. 

CDER is engaged in numerous activities to protect and promote public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from the acceleration of development for treatments for COVID-19, maintaining and securing drug supply chains, providing guidance to manufacturers, advising developers on how to handle clinical trial issues, and keeping the public informed.

FDA has published guidances to help meet the increased demand for hand sanitizers during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. (20)

Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Drugs


FDA regulates medical devices, including: simple items like tongue depressors and bedpans; complex technologies such as heart pacemakers; dental devices; and surgical implants and prosthetics.

FDA is responsible for regulating medical devices used to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19, such as diagnostic tests, ventilators, and personal protective equipment (PPE)—including masks, face shields, respirators, gowns, and gloves.

Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Medical Devices



Additional Information:

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Founded in 1904, NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety through its pharmacist license transfer and pharmacist competence assessment programs, as well as through its VIPPS, VAWD, and DMEPOS accreditation programs. (20)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Device Advice: FDA’s CDRH’s web page for comprehensive regulatory education. Device Advice is CDRH's premier text-based resource that explains many aspects of medical device laws, regulations, guidances, and policies, encompassing the entire product life cycle. (20)