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Pharmaceutical Control Division


DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.


The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).

COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy.

Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.

If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.

*Pharmaceutical Control Division Mailing Address Update*

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY applicants must submit all facility applications to the Pharmaceutical Control Division office located at:

899 North Capitol Street, NE
First Floor
Washington, DC 20002

All facility applications, with the exception of pharmacy renewals, are still paper based and must be mailed to the Pharmaceutical Control Division.

Facility applications include:

  • New and renewal DM facility (Manufacturer, Distributor, Wholesaler) applications
  • New and renewal controlled substance registration applications for DM facilities
  • New pharmacy applications
  • New controlled substance registration applications for pharmacies
  • Name, location, and ownership changes for DM facilities (and their corresponding controlled substance registrations) require a new application. Upon approval, the existing license will be closed, and a new license will be issued.

Licensure Waivers 

In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction.  You can read more about the waiver process HERE

If you require assistance from the Board of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Control Division, please contact the following individuals by email:  



Email Address 

Facility Licensure/Controlled Substance Registration

(Resident and Non-Resident Pharmacy, Resident and Non-Resident Drug Wholesaler, Manufacturer, and Distributor)  

Ms. Sabrina Lewis  

Ms. LaJuan Jeffries-Johnson

[email protected]


[email protected]


Health Practitioner Licensure/Registration  

(Pharmacist, Pharmacy Intern, Pharmaceutical Detailer, Pharmacy Technician) 


Ms. Karin Barron  

Ms. Luanne Greenaway  

[email protected]  


[email protected]


(New) Health Practitioner Controlled Substance Registration

Ms. Leatrice Lee

[email protected]

(Renewal) Health Practitioner Controlled Substance Registration  

Ms. Karin Barron

Ms. Luanne Greenaway 

Ms.  LaJuan Jeffries-Johnson        

Ms. Sabrina Lewis 

Ms. Leatrice Lee  

Mr. Enoh Nkeng 

[email protected] 

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected] 

[email protected]

[email protected] 


The Pharmaceutical Control Division is responsible for annual licensure inspections, surveillance, and the monitoring of activities in establishments that procure, distribute, dispense and manage prescribed/prescription products for sale or use to consumers in the District of Columbia. Regulated facilities include; pharmacies, hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, researchers, local wholesalers, distributors, long term care facilities, animal clinics, dialysis centers and ambulatory surgical centers.

The Pharmaceutical Control Division enforces all District and federal pharmacy laws and regulations (pharmacy, controlled substances, prescription substitution, drug purity, and drug distribution and manufacturing laws and accompanying regulations, etc).

The Pharmaceutical Control Division serves as a liaison between District Government and Federal Agencies, (i.e. Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Health and Human Services, the Consumer Protection Agency, etc), involving regulatory control matters.

The Pharmaceutical Control Division conducts investigations and provides consultation to all facilities and programs that provide pharmaceutical products and services to the District of Columbia residents.

All complaints concerning the dispensing, prescribing, manufacturing, distribution, and wholesaling of drugs are investigated by Pharmaceutical Control. To file a complaint, complete the form below.

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