Board of Pharmacy

Name Board of Pharmacy
Contact Person Mr. M. Joseph Fontenot, Jr. - Executive Director
Mailing Address 3388 Brentwood Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-1700
Phone Number 225-925-6496
Fax Number 225-923-5669
Board Email
Legal Authority La. R.S. 37:1171 and La. R.S. 40:973
Year Created 1888
Organizational Placement Dept. of Health (La. R.S. 36:259.A.7)
Purpose/Function The purpose of the Board is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by the effective control and regulation of the practice of pharmacy; the licensure of pharmacists; and the licensure, permitting, certification, registration, control and regulation of all persons and sites, in or out of this state, that sell drugs or devices to consumers and/or patients, or assist in the practice of pharmacy, within the state. The Board shall also serve as the controlled substance authority for the state, issuing controlled dangerous substance licenses to all qualified applicants desiring to conduct research with, manufacture, distribute, procure, possess, prescribe or dispense controlled dangerous substances within the state, including third-party logistics providers. Further, the Board monitors its clients for compliance with the laws and rules relative to their activities with controlled dangerous substances.
Budget Message The Board's revenue stream from credentials is expected to slow and in some cases be reduced from previous years. This is primarily due to a decrease in pharmacy school enrollments and pharmacy technicians pursuing other career paths. The cumulative effect of the implementation of GASB-68 and GASB-75 relative to other post-employment benefits and employee retirement program assessments have taken their toll on the Board's fund balance. The Board's reserve funds have absorbed losses in FY20 and FY21. In July 2022, the Board was able to increase credential fees for the first time since 2005 and we anticipate a small surplus in FY24.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 17
Number Currently Serving: 17
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 4
Estimated number in current year: 4
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $75      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $21,375.00
  Current year budgeted: $30,000.00
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $51,501.00
  Current year budgeted: $98,000.00
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 21
Unclassified: 3
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
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