FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Are surety bonds required?

  • Yes, both the statute and rules require a bond. The board may waive the requirement if the drug distributor has previously obtained a comparable bond or other security for the purpose of licensure in another state. See the section marked SECURITY on the application. A copy of the bond from another state may be sent to meet the requirement (Chapter 8 Section 5(b)) 

Does the designated representative have to submit fingerprints?

  • Yes, each location must identify a designated representative and complete that part of the application. Fingerprint cards must have the Wyoming Board stamp on them when submitted for the background check so contact the board to have the cards mailed. A set was included with each renewal packet mailed in March 2009. Be sure to follow the instructions to complete the cards and have them orange card notarized. Electronic fingerprints are not being accepted at this time. (Chapter 8 Section 5(a)(iii)) 

Are distributors of medical devices required to register?

  • No, the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy does not regulate devices. 

Are FDA approved manufactures exempt?

  • No, they must still be licensed in Wyoming. However, they are exempt from VAWD® requirement which is effective in 2010. (Chapter 8 Section 5(c)) 

What kind of information is needed for import-export activities?

  • Provide a short description in summary form: Does the distributor import raw materials and export finished products? A copy of the license could also be provided but is not required. (Chapter 8 Section 5()(ix)) 

Why is the application not available online on the website?

  • Fingerprint cards must be included, so contact the Board to have an application mailed. 

Are manufactures of OTC (over-the-counter) drugs exempt?

  • Yes, Wyoming does NOT require manufacturers of OTC drugs to be licensed. (Chapter 8 Section 2) 

Do distributors of oxygen have to complete this lengthy application/renewal?

  • Yes, distributors of oxygen were not exempted from the changes in the statute and the rules. The fee for licensing to distribute oxygen as a medical gas is $100 annually. (Wyoming Pharmacy Act 33-24-112) 

What Policies/Procedures must be sent and what does it mean "electronically"?

  • The policy/procedures or Standard Operating Procedures must be provided in electronic format (on disc or flash drive). We do not accept P&P by email or on paper due to storage constraints. 

If a company only distributes SAMPLES do they need to be licensed in Wyoming?

  • No, the definition of wholesale distribution in Wyoming does not include "the lawful distribution of drug samples by manufacturers' representatives or distributors' representatives" (Chapter 8 Section 4(n)(iii)) 

If the company is already VAWD® accredited are all the documents still required to be sent to Wyoming?

  • Yes, VAWD® accreditation is not required for Wyoming until 2010, so all the requested documents must be sent for the 2009 renewal or for a new application. (Chapter 8 Section 5(c)) 

Does a "virtual manufacturer" need to license in Wyoming if they hold the New Drug Application with the FDA but do not actually handle the prescription drug?

  • A virtual manufacturer may be exempt Contact the Board Office. 

How does a distributor of veterinary products become licensed in Wyoming?

  • The application is available on the Board's website under the "Licensing" tab. 


Disposal of Meds


How do I Dispose of Unused Medicines?

The Following links will assist you with this: 


Foreign Graduates


Who qualifies as a foreign pharmacy graduate in the state of Wyoming?

  • All students who received their pharmacy degree at a recognized school of pharmacy outside of the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. This includes citizens of the United States that received their degree in a different country. Foreign nationals who completed their education in the United States or graduated from an ACPE accredited school are not considered to be foreign pharmacy graduates. 

How can a foreign pharmacy graduate become a registered pharmacist in the state of Wyoming?


All foreign pharmacy graduates must obtain a FPGEC certificate issued by the Foreign Pharmacy Graduation Education Committee. Certification requires: 
  • Verification of education equivalency of a foreign applicant's pharmacy education
  • An applicant's licensure or registration as a pharmacist outside the United States.
  • Passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE)
  • Obtaining a total score of 550 or higher on the paper based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL
  • 50 or higher on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)
  • Or in lieu of the TOEFL AND TSE, obtaining an acceptable score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT), with minimal scores of: 18 for listening, 21 for reading, 26 for speaking, and 24 for writing.

All graduates, including foreign pharmacy graduates, must also complete the following:

  • Complete a "Pharmacist Licensure by Examination" application including fees and fingerprints. 
  • Pass the NAPLEX with a minimum score of 75 
  • Pass the MPJE for Wyoming with a minimum score of 75 
  • Have 1200 hours of practical experience as a licensed pharmacy intern 
  • Complete all requirements within 2 years of the date of application 
  • Meet requirements of W.S. 33-24-116 

http://governor.wyo.gov/