Citations Affected: IC 25-26-13-16.
Synopsis: Pharmacist's refusal to honor a prescription. Provides that
a pharmacist is immune from criminal prosecution or civil liability if
the pharmacist, in good faith, refuses to honor a prescription because
the prescription is against the pharmacist's religious beliefs or moral
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 11, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
professions and occupations.
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 16. (a) A pharmacist
shall exercise his professional judgment in the best interest of the
patient's health when engaging in the practice of pharmacy.
(b) A pharmacist has a duty to honor all prescriptions from a practitioner or from a physician, podiatrist, dentist, or veterinarian licensed under the laws of another state. Before honoring a prescription, the pharmacist shall take reasonable steps to determine whether the prescription has been issued in compliance with the laws of the state where it originated. The pharmacist is immune from criminal prosecution or civil liability if
he the pharmacist, in good
faith, refuses to honor a prescription because, in his the pharmacist's
professional judgment, the honoring of the prescription would:
(1) be contrary to law;
(2) be against the best interest of the patient;
(3) aid or abet an addiction or habit;
(4) be contrary to the health and safety of the patient; or
(5) be against the pharmacist's religious beliefs or moral convictions.