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National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is a nonprofit organization that works with the state boards of pharmacy to protect the public health and ensure that you and your family are receiving the best pharmacy care. 

Since our founding 120 years ago, we have worked to promote public health and safety through various programs and services. In 1999, we began helping the public identify safe pharmacy websites with an accreditation program for online pharmacies. And, in 2014, we expanded the service to provide the .pharmacy domain to verified websites, making it even easier to recognize a safe site. Over the years, we have worked to spread awareness among consumers about prescription drug safety through a variety of educational campaigns.

Public health and safety is a core tenet of our mission. We work with the state boards of pharmacy to serve you, the consumer. Learn more about NABP


Our Safe Pharmacy initiative began in 2010 with a website created to educate the public on medication safety with four areas of emphasis – buying safely online, safe medication use, preventing misuse, and drug disposal. With an estimated 8.5 million Americans misusing any kind of prescription medication in 2022 – not counting over-the-counter pain relievers that may also be misused or the children and pets who accidentally ingest unsecured medication – these topics are important are important for consumers to learn about. 

We continually seek to expand our website and education efforts – with a focus on informing consumers like you about safe medication practices that impact the health and safety of you and your loved ones. 

Your Additional Resources

Both your state board of pharmacy and your pharmacist are invaluable resources for safe medication practice. Find contact information for the boards of pharmacy on the NABP website.

Your state board of pharmacy can provide assistance in these areas:

  • Determining the license status of a pharmacist or pharmacy and whether or not disciplinary or legal action has been taken
  • Aiding with medication errors and other issues occurring at your pharmacy
  • Providing pertinent information affecting consumers and patients in your state
  • How to dispose of drugs safely in your state
  • How to read prescription drug labels

Your pharmacist can help you:

  • Manage your medications and coordinate care with your doctor
  • Use opioids safely by providing educational content to patients and caregivers
  • Save money on medication by providing cost-saving options
  • Get vaccinated, including receiving flu shots