January 9: Friday Pharmacy Fun Fact – Pharmacy Times

By | January 11, 2020

Which state was the first to require licensure for pharmacists?

Answer: Louisiana!

Although licensure seems like a no-brainer now, no pharmacists were licensed until 1816, when Louis Dufilho Jr. became the first licensed pharmacist in the country.1 Louisiana passed the law in 1804, requiring a licensing examination for any pharmacist. Before that, anyone could compound and dispense medications.2

Dufilho Jr. opened his own apothecary in New Orleans a few years after he passed the exam. His former business now houses the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.2


  1. Milenkovich, N. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and the Beginnings of Licensure. Pharmacy Times. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2018/august2018/new-orleans-pharmacy-museum-and-the-beginnings-of-licensure Published August 8, 2018. Accessed Jan 9, 2020.
  2. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum website. https://www.pharmacymuseum.org/ Accessed Jan. 9, 2020.

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