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The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy was established in 1885. It helps ensure that citizens receive good care from pharmacies. It also helps ensure that the prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold in this state are of good quality. The Board licenses pharmacies, drug manufacturers, drug wholesalers, pharmacists and other individuals and businesses. Businesses licensed by the Board are periodically inspected to ensure that appropriate standards are being followed. The Board investigates complaints and takes disciplinary action when necessary. The Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program, a tool that prescribers and pharmacists can use to help prevent prescription drug abuse, is also administered by the Board.