Helping You to Understand the Requirements for Writing Indiana Prescriptions

Physicians must follow state and federal laws for secure prescription papers

Indiana has strict requirements for licensed practitioners to follow to when writing prescriptions for controlled substances. Physicians must adhere to state laws and federal requirements outlined by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Medicaid to have their prescriptions filled in licensed pharmacies located in the state.

Explaining the prescription paper requirements

Per the law in Indiana, prescription pads and papers blanks must be printed by an approved licensed vendor and include the following safety and printing requirements.

Safety Requirements:

  • A latent, repetitive “void” pattern in reflex blue must appear across the entire face of the document when the prescription is photocopied.
  • A watermark reading “Indiana Security Prescription” must be printed on the back of the paper; these words must appear at a 45-degree angle, horizontally in a step-and-repeated pattern in 5 lines, using 12-point Helvetica bold type style.
  • An opaque RX symbol must appear in the upper right-hand corner, 1/8 of an inch from the top and 5/16 of an inch from the right side. This symbol must be 3/4 of an inch and disappear if the prescription copy is lightened.
  • Six quantity check-off boxes and the following quantities must be printed on the form and the appropriate box checked off: “1-24”, “25-49”, “50-74”, “75-100”, “101-150”, and “151 and over”.

Printing Requirements:

  • Practitioner full name, address, DEA number, and state issued license number must be preprinted, stamped, or manually printed on the prescription.
  • Logos may appear in the upper left one-inch square.
  • The following statement must be printed on the bottom of the pad: “Prescription is void if more than one prescription is written per blank.”
  • All prescription blanks must be 4 1/4 inches high and 5 1/2 inches wide.
  • Two signature lines printed at the bottom of the form: under the blank line on the left side must be printed the words “Dispense as Written,” under the blank line on the right side must be printed the words “May Substitute.”
  • No advertisements may appear on the front or back.

Rules to follow when writing a prescription

When writing your prescriptions, it is important to remember the following:

  • Only one prescription may be written per blank.
  • Refill options that can be circled must appear below any logos and above the signature lines on the left side of the prescription in the following order: “Refill NR 1 2 3 4 5 Void after _____”.
  • 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.
  • Commercially printed forms containing names of controlled substances are also prohibited.

We’re here to help understand the state requirements when ordering, printing and writing prescription. SecureGuard tamper-resistant prescription papers meet and exceed all state, federal and Medicaid compliance regulations. For more information on this new law or any of our products, please contact one of our Document Security Experts at [email protected] or toll-free at 1-800-333-0549.