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How do I get licensed in another state...?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by NewYorkPharmacist, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. NewYorkPharmacist


    Aug 29, 2017
    Hi all, apologies if this has been covered before, I did a search and couldn't really find any solid info.

    I'm a pharmacist in the state of NY and have been for years. I moved to NJ unofficially (spend like 6/7 days here) with my girlfriend a few months ago and want to move in with her for real in the next few months. I currently commute to NY daily for work.

    My question is, how exactly do I go about getting a NJ pharmacy license. I have a few major questions on my mind that I would really really appreciate if someone could answer for me, as I get rivaling information from different sites:

    1. Do I have to give up my NYS pharmacy license if I want to practice in NJ and get a NJ license? Some sites make it seem like this....

    2. What exactly do I have to do? I'm 99% sure that I have to register and take the NJ MPJE, but I dont know if I am required to do this at all or if I have to retake the Naplex?

    3. How long does the process take?

    4. For those who have done what I did, any advice or tips to streamline the process and or eliminate unnecessary fees?

    5. How exactly do I study for the NJ MPJE? I looked online, on amazon and even in barnes and noble the past few weeks and I can't find ANY book or studying material for this exam. For the NY MPJE, Dr. Cutie out of LIU sold this packet to everyone for a small fee and that was what pretty much everyone in the 5 boroughs used every year to pass the exam.

    Thank you, I would really appreciate it if you could help a GOOD BROTHER/Nerd out!
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  3. josh6718

    josh6718 Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    May 11, 2006
    1. No, but you will be required to renew each and pay all renewal fees/requirements if you choose to keep them both in active status.

    2. Find the NJ Board of pharmacy website and look for apply for licensure. Usually this is categorized into something along the lines of 'reciprocity' or 'endorsement'. This will tell you what the requirements are. Most likely you will only have to take the MPJE, but you will have to complete your application first, then register to take the MPJE on the NABP website, and receive an "authorization to test" from the NJ board of pharmacy to take the test.

    3. It depends, though I would expect a few months would be average.

    4. Start studying the NJ pharmacy rules and laws early.

    5. The pharmacy state laws and/or rules are usually posted online. For the Federal portion, the DEA website is a good resource, along with Reiss's Guide to Federal Pharmacy Law.

    Good luck.
  4. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Never give up your original license....states will only reciprocate from your original state of license. So if you give up your NYS license, then you won't ever be able to use your NJ license for reciprocity if you decide to go to another state.

    Every state will make you take their licensing exam. You don't have to retake the Naplex if you are reciprocating your license from another state.
  5. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    When do you plan on taking the tests?
  6. Digsbe

    Digsbe Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Not all states require original state license. Most will reciprocate from an active state license (doesn't need to be your first)
    GroverPsychMD likes this.
  7. KARM12

    KARM12 Super Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2006
  8. FuturePharmD81

    FuturePharmD81 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    FYI: NJ board is a little slow the whole process might take around 1 - 3 months! That is from getting your ATT, sending in all the documents and then finally getting a license number
  9. Mambo#5


    Jul 3, 2017

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