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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > INDIANA BOARD OF PHARMACY > Controlled Substance Prescriptions > Controlled Substance Prescription Requirements > Prescriptions for Weight Reduction Prescriptions for Weight Reduction

Indiana Code 35-48-3-11 states that only a physician licensed under IC 25-22.5, a physician assistant licensed under IC 25-27.5, or an advanced practice nurse licensed under IC 25-23 with prescriptive authority may treat a patient with a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance for the purpose of weight reduction or to control obesity.

A physician licensed under IC 25-22.5, a physician assistant licensed under IC 25-27.5, or an advanced practice nurse licensed under IC 25-23 with prescriptive authority may not prescribe, dispense, administer, supply, sell, or give any amphetamine, sympathomimetic amine drug, or compound designated as a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance under IC 35-48-2-8 and IC 35-48-2-10 for a patient for purposes of weight reduction or to control obesity, unless the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse does the following:
 

  1. Determines through review of the physician's records of prior treatment of the patient or the records of prior treatment of the patient provided by a previous treating physician or weight loss program, that the physician's patient has made a reasonable effort to lose weight in a treatment program using a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction, nutritional counseling, behavior modification, and exercise without using controlled substances and that the previous treatment has been ineffective for the physician's patient.
  2. Obtains a thorough history and performs a thorough physical examination of the physician's patient before initiating a treatment plan using a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance for purposes of weight reduction or to control obesity.