Pharmacists in Indiana are allowed denying the sale of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine products.
True or False
Answer: True. Pharmacists in Indiana may refuse to sell ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to a purchaser if the pharmacist determines that the drugs are not medically necessary, according to a recently passed law that goes into effect July 1, 2016. The pharmacist is provided with civil immunity for denying the sale, under Senate Bill 80 (SB 80).
The law states an individual who has a relationship on record with a pharmacy may purchase pseudoephedrine or ephedrine. However, if the purchaser does not have a relationship on record with the pharmacy, the pharmacist is required to determine whether there is a legitimate medical or pharmaceutical need for the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.
A person who is denied the sale of a pseudoephedrine or ephedrine product may obtain pseudoephedrine or ephedrine pursuant to a prescription. SB 80 also adds ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to the definition of “controlled substance” for purposes of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking program. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy is required to adopt emergency rules that are effective July 1, 2016, under the bill.