Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32. Professions and Occupations § 32-1921. Exempted acts;  exemption from registration fees;  definition

A. This chapter does not prevent:

1. The prescription and dispensing of drugs or prescription medications by a registered nurse practitioner pursuant to rules adopted by the board of nursing in consultation with the Arizona medical board, the board of osteopathic examiners in medicine and surgery and the board of pharmacy.

2. The sale of nonprescription drugs that are sold at retail in original packages by a person holding a permit issued by the board under this chapter.

3. The sale of drugs at wholesale by a wholesaler or manufacturer that holds the required permit issued by the board to a person who holds the required permit issued under this chapter.

4. The manufacturing of drugs by a person who is not a pharmacist and who holds the required permit issued by the board under this chapter.

5. The following health professionals from dispensing or personally administering drugs or devices to a patient for a condition being treated by the health professional:

(a) A doctor of medicine licensed pursuant to chapter 13 of this title.   1

(b) An osteopathic physician licensed pursuant to chapter 17 of this title.   2

(c) A homeopathic physician licensed pursuant to chapter 29 of this title.   3

(d) A podiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 7 of this title.   4

(e) A dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 11 of this title.   5

(f) A doctor of naturopathic medicine who is authorized to prescribe natural substances, drugs or devices and who is licensed pursuant to chapter 14 of this title.   6

(g) An optometrist who is licensed pursuant to chapter 16 of this title   7 and who is certified for topical or oral pharmaceutical agents.

6. A veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 21 of this title   8 from dispensing or administering drugs to an animal or from dispensing or administering devices to an animal being treated by the veterinarian.

7. The use of any pesticide chemical, soil or plant nutrient or other agricultural chemical that is a color additive solely because of its effect in aiding, retarding or otherwise affecting directly or indirectly the growth or other natural physiological process of produce of the soil and thereby affecting its color whether before or after harvest.

8. A licensed practical or registered nurse employed by a person licensed pursuant to chapter 7, 11, 13, 14, 17 or 29 of this title from assisting in the delivery of drugs and devices to patients, in accordance with chapter 7, 11, 13, 14, 17 or 29 of this title.

9. The use of any mechanical device or vending machine in connection with the sale of any nonprescription drug, including proprietary and patent medicine.  The board may adopt rules to prescribe conditions under which nonprescription drugs may be dispensed pursuant to this paragraph.

B. A person who is licensed pursuant to chapter 7, 11, 13, 14, 17 or 29 of this title and who employs a licensed practical or registered nurse who in the course of employment assists in the delivery of drugs and devices is responsible for the dispensing process.

C. Pursuant to a prescription order written by a physician for the physician's patients and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist, a physical therapist licensed pursuant to chapter 19 of this title,   9 an occupational therapist licensed pursuant to chapter 34 of this title  [FN10] or an athletic trainer licensed pursuant to chapter 41 of this title  [FN11] may procure, store and administer nonscheduled legend and topical anti-inflammatories and topical anesthetics for use in phonophoresis and iontophoresis procedures and within the scope of practice of physical or occupational therapy or athletic training.

D. A public health facility operated by this state or a county and a qualifying community health center may dispense medication or devices to patients at no cost without providing a written prescription if the public health facility or the qualifying community health center meets all storage, labeling, safety and record keeping rules adopted by the board of pharmacy.

E. A person who is licensed pursuant to chapter 7, 11, 13, 14, 17 or 29 of this title, who is practicing at a public health facility or a qualifying community health center and who is involved in the dispensing of medication or devices only at a facility or center, whether for a charge or at no cost, shall register to dispense with the appropriate licensing board but is exempt from paying registration fees.

F. For the purposes of this section, “qualifying community health center” means a primary care clinic that is recognized as nonprofit under § 501(c)(3) of the United States internal revenue code and whose board of directors includes patients of the center and residents of the center's service area.

1 Section 32-1401 et seq.
2 Section 32-1800 et seq.
3 Section 32-2901 et seq.
4 Section 32-801 et seq.
5 Section 32-1201 et seq.
6 Section 32-1501 et seq.
7 Section 32-1701 et seq.
8 Section 32-2201 et seq.
9 Section 32-2001 et seq.
10 Section 32-3401 et seq.
11 Section 32-4101 et seq.

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