Indiana Medical Licensing Board May Tighten Rules Regulating Prescription Drugs

Indiana's Medical Licensing Board is considering an emergency set of rules that aims at further regulating prescriptions of opioid-based drugs, according to a report by The Goshen News.

In April, the Indiana House approved final legislation that increased regulations for pain management clinics. The legislation also required the Medical Licensing Board to adopt a set of rules to regulate the prescription of morphine and opioid-based drugs and to monitor those patients.

The proposed emergency rules would require physicians to do more screening before prescribing drugs to patients, including using the state's online database that tracks prescriptions for controlled substances. It would also require patients to undergo urine or saliva drug monitoring tests before they get a prescription, and require them to get additional drug tests while they're using the prescribed medication.

If adopted, the rules could go into effect in December, according to the report.

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