Utah – DOPL Label Requirements Dropped

We received a message from the State of Utah regarding the DOPL Label requirements that were recently published to all Utah Pharmacies that they will not be enforcing the suggestions in the document.  That means there will be no need to make any changes to your labels to satisfy Utah state requirements.

Here is the message in it’s entirety:

The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) and the Utah State Board of Pharmacy (Board) have made the decision to not enforce prescription container labeling standards established in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) General Chapter <17>.


These standards were scheduled to become effective on November 30, 2014; however, several pharmacies recently raised significant concerns with how to interpret USP <17> and DOPL and the Board agreed that some of the USP <17> standards were subjective.  As a result, DOPL will not enforce USP <17> and the Pharmacy Practice Act Rule will soon be amended to not reference USP <17>.


As in the past DOPL will continue to enforce other standards related to prescription container labels such as those established in Utah Code 58-17b-602 (5).


Although pharmacies are not required to comply with USP <17>, DOPL and the Board recommend that pharmacies use it as a guide to help prevent medication misuse.


Any questions please contact Investigator Lynn Hooper at 801-530-6326.



David P Furlong

Chief Investigator

Bureau of Investigation

Occupational & Professional Licensing

Department of Commerce