Citations Affected: IC 25-1-9-6.9.
Synopsis: Prescribing psychotropic medication for children. Requires
a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant to follow
the most recent guidelines adopted by the American Academy of
Pediatrics for the diagnosis and evaluation of a child with attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) before prescribing a
psychotropic drug for a child for the treatment of ADHD. Provides that
a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant is subject
to discipline by the board that regulates the practitioner's profession for
violation of this requirement.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 22, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
professions and occupations.
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2001]: Sec. 6.9. (a) This section applies to a practitioner who is:
(1) licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine under IC 25-22.5;
(2) licensed as an advanced practice nurse under IC 25-23; or
(3) certified as a physician assistant under IC 25-27.5.
(b) Before prescribing a psychotropic medication for a child for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a practitioner described in subsection (a) shall follow the most recent guidelines adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the diagnosis and evaluation of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(c) In addition to the actions listed under section 4 of this chapter that subject a practitioner to the exercise of disciplinary sanctions, a practitioner described in subsection (a) is subject to the exercise of disciplinary sanctions under section 9 of this chapter if,
after a hearing, the board regulating the practitioner's profession finds that the practitioner has violated subsection (b).