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Fee Increases Effective July 1, 2019

Legislation enacted during the 2019 Regular and Special Sessions contained many provisions that will have an impact on the Board’s licensees and registrants. The increase affects all licensees of the Board of Pharmacy. We have an updated Fee Chart on the License and Registration home page that summarizes all fee increases with the exception of the opioid product registration fees. In addition, the application and renewal registration fees for most drug manufacturers, medical gas manufacturers, drug wholesalers, and medical gas wholesalers, and medical gas distributors will increase to at least $5,260 effective July 1, 2019. The Board believes that the Legislature may reconsider the increase in fees for medical gas manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors during the 2020 Session.
  • All drug and medical gas wholesalers: $5,260
  • Drug manufacturers (except for opioid manufacturers) and medical gas manufacturers: $5,260
  • Medical gas distributors: $5,260
  • Opioid drug manufacturers: $55,260 (Reduced to $5,260 if the sunset provision kicks in).
  • Opioid manufacturers with sales within Minnesota of over 2,000,000 units per year will also have to pay an annual opiate product registration fee of $250,000.
You can read the Summary of the 2019 Legislation affecting licensees and registrants.

Licensing for Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs)

Effective July 1, 2019 all 3PLs that ship or transport drug into or within Minnesota must be licensed by the Board. Until the Board can make changes to its licensing database and applications, 3PLs will receive a license number that starts with “3” – like wholesalers do. The following information will help guide you through this transition process.

  • Existing 3PLs

    If you currently hold a license with the Board of pharmacy as a wholesaler, the Board will notify you when the 3PL application is posted on the website. No other action will be necessary at this time. Please check our website for additional updates as we prepare to license you as a 3PL. If you have not identified yourself as a 3PL to the Board, please do so by sending an email notification to the Board’s main e-mail address: pharmacy.board@state.mn.us.


  • New 3PLs That Are Not Currently Licensed as a Wholesaler by the Board

    Due to the short time period between the enactment of the legislation and the July 1, 2019 effective date, 3PLs that are not currently licensed by the Board as wholesalers can continue to do business within Minnesota until the Board announces otherwise. It will take time for the Board to develop and distribute a new 3PL license application. Once the application is ready, it will take time for 3PLs to go through the application process. The Board hopes to have the application ready within the next couple of months and we will give 3PLs until November 1, 2019 to become licensed.

Notice Concerning 3PL Licensure

Click here for frequently asked information regarding licensure as a third part logistics provider.
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