The subject of pharmacy administrative law is the procedural foundation for many of the matters addressed in the other chapters of this book. Regardless of your specific area of practice in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical profession, you will, without question, be regulated by many administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are units of government created to carry out specific tasks. Either the legislative or the executive branch may form these administrative agencies, but, quite interestingly, the agencies are charged with legislative, executive, and judicial power. For example, some of the agencies with whom you will likely interact will be the state Board of Pharmacy, the state and federal Food and Drug Administrations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Labor Relations Board, perhaps even the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or many other national, state, and local agencies which oversee a particular body of substantive law.