Sources: State Checking Whether People Gave Irsay Pills Illegally

More than three years after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay publicly admitted to a past dependency on painkillers, the state is investigating whether people illegally provided those pills to him, 6News has learned.

According to documents 6News obtained from the state's Professional Licensing Agency, the Indiana Pharmacy Board is examining allegations that Nora Apothecary owner and pharmacist Charles Alan Lindstrom dispensed unauthorized refills of controlled substances to a patient.

Other documents obtained from the licensing agency show that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board is checking allegations that Dr. William Gregory Chernoff, an Indianapolis plastic surgeon, illegally provided prescriptions to a patient between April 2001 and July 2002.

The documents do not reveal the patient's name, but sources told 6News that the patient in both cases is Irsay, Call 6 for Help's Rafael Sanchez reported Wednesday. 6News did not name the sources.

The complaint before the pharmacy board also accuses two of Lindstrom's employees, pharmacists Deborah Derolf and Daria Crawford, of violating state laws, Sanchez reported.

Lindstrom, Derolf and Crawford are expected to be called before the pharmacy board sometime after March 13.

Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter said he is aware of the complaints. He explained the actions that the board could take.

"They can suspended somebody's license for a brief period of time. They can put them on probation, give them a warning. There are a number of different sanctions," Carter said.

Carter did not address specifics of the cases.

An attorney for the Nora Apothecary, Thomas Farlow, referred to the allegations as "old news." He said the allegations will be defended, and he said he wanted the public to know that "Nora Apothecary enjoys a strong reputation and will continue with a strong reputation."

A law firm representing Chernoff said he will cooperate with the process, adding that "given his commitment to patient confidentiality, he is unable to provide specific public responses to the complaint."

A spokeswoman for Irsay didn't respond to a request for comment before Sanchez's story aired at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In November 2002, Irsay told the news media that after years of orthopedic operations and procedures and long bouts of chronic pain, he became dependent on prescription pain medications. He said he sought professional help and successfully dealt with his dependence.

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