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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

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


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A prescription for a controlled substance must be issued for a legitimate medical purpose in a reasonable quantity by an individual practitioner acting in the usual course of his professional practice. The responsibility for the proper prescribing is upon the prescribing practitioner.  

è All prescriptions for controlled substances shall be written with ink, indelible pencil, or typewriter, and shall be issued with the following:

  1. dated as of and signed on the day when issued;
  2. full name and address of patient;
  3. name, address, state issued license number, and DEA registration number of the practitioner;
  4. manual signature of prescriber;
  5. name, strength, dosage, quantity of the drug being prescribed;
  6. directions for use;
  7. number of refills (if any);

The prescribing practitioner is responsible for ensuring that the prescription conforms to all requirements of both state and federal regulations.

è All controlled substance prescriptions written by Indiana licensed practitioners [as defined by IC 16-42-19-5] must be issued on approved security feature prescription pad paper [856 IAC 1-34] in order for their prescriptions to be accepted for filling in Indiana licensed pharmacies.  A listing of approved vendors may be found on the Board of Pharmacy's website at http://www.bop.in.gov/.  

è The name of any controlled substance may not be preprinted on any prescription forms at any time prior to the prescription being prepared and executed for presentation to the patient or the patient's agent.  That includes, but is not limited to, typing prescriptions in anticipation of their need and/or using a rubber stamp or similar means to accomplish the same end.  Commercially printed forms containing names of controlled substances are also prohibited. 

è While some states and insurance carriers limit the quantity of controlled substances dispensed to a 30-day supply, there are no specific federal limits to quantities of drugs dispensed via a prescription.  Indiana law does not address quantities, therefore we require you to defer to federal guidelines.

è Indiana law requires that a prescription for a schedule II prescription must be filled within one (1) year of being signed.  Schedule III, IV, and V controlled substances shall be filled or refilled no more than six (6) months after the date on which such prescription was issued, and no prescription shall be authorized to be refilled more than five (5) times.

Additional Information for Controlled Substance Prescriptions
Issuance of Multiple Prescriptions 
Emergency Oral Prescription
Prescriptions for Weight Reduction

If you have any questions, you may contact the Committee office at pla4@pla.IN.gov.