Local pharmacies brace as ownership issue looms
Local pharmacies brace as ownership issue looms The battle lines are drawn. Should a 45-year-old state law requiring pharmacies to be majority-owned by a pharmacist remain intact? Should the law be scrapped? North Dakota remains the only state that requires most pharmacies to be majority owned by a pharmacist. The state legislature’s interim Industry Business and Labor Committee is researching the law, and it appears the issue will be haggled out on the floor of the of the North Dakota Legislature when it convenes in January. Corporate retailers who claim the rule is unfair to consumers and themselves are challenging the pharmacy ownership law.