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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 licensed physician may treat a patient with a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance for the purpose of weight reduction or to control obesity.

A licensed physician 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 for a patient for purposes of weight reduction or to control obesity, unless the physician does the following before initiating a treatment plan using a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance: 

  1. determines that the patient has made a reasonable effort to lose weight in a treatment program, without using controlled substances, but the treatment has been ineffective; and
  2. obtains a thorough history and performs a thorough physical examination of the patient.