Learn more about the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the safe pharmacy initiative.
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 more than 100 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.
In pursuit of these efforts to protect the public health, we partner with various organizations, such as Fight the Fakes and Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, to educate people about staying safe while purchasing and taking medication. 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. Reports about the opioid epidemic frequently appear in the media, making this a timely issue, but safe pharmacy is not limited to only opioids — an estimated 16.9 million Americans misused any kind of prescription medication in 2018, and that’s not counting over-the-counter pain relievers that may also be misused or the children and pets who accidentally ingest unsecured medication.
Though our website and efforts have expanded over the years, the focus for safe.pharmacy and our Safe Pharmacy initiative has remained consistent. We seek to inform 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