What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, since most of the information available relates to controlled substances. I assume this would be found in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but have not been able to find it within the U.S. Code section (I haven't read the entire text, but have tried searching extensively). I am completely sure that I am asking about a substance not listed in any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act, e.g. propranolol.

I am also aware that there are provisions about importing these, but I am not asking about that. I am asking about the situation once such a drug is simply found in the possession of someone without a valid prescription for it, with no record of how they obtained it.

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    A lot of this is done at the state level vs the Federal level. If you can give an example of the state that this is of concern in, we can narrow this down. Generally for Federal laws, this would fall under 21 USC Title 21 Chapter 13. For example in Alaska anything that doesn't fall into it's schedules is considered Schedule VIA. Unless you are facing a Federal charge, it's the state laws you should be concerned about... – Ron Beyer Oct 10 at 12:49
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    @RonBeyer: 21 USC Chapter 13 is very long, and from its title would appear to deal exclusively with controlled substances, which is not what this question asks about. If you're aware of a specific provision in that chapter that's relevant to this question, can you give a more specific reference? – Nate Eldredge Oct 10 at 14:20
  • Anon: Do you have some particular reason to think such a law exists (e.g. something you have read)? If you can give more background, it might help someone track down an answer. – Nate Eldredge Oct 10 at 14:21
  • @NateEldredge Yes, but from this page: These are not comprehensive lists so please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a scheduled substance for criminal prosecution. So the regulations/punishments would apply, even if it doesn't appear on a "controlled substance list". Mostly though as I said, this isn't a Federal thing, possession of a prescription that is not in your name is almost entirely state law so I don't think 21 USC Ch13 really applies. – Ron Beyer Oct 10 at 14:32
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    @RonBeyer Thanks for your comments! In reply to your first comment: I am only interested in federal laws for this, so if it turned out that it was only regulated at the state level, then the answer to the question would be "there are none." It seemed to me more likely that the answer would be found in the Act I mentioned (USC Title 21 Chapter 9). – Anon Oct 11 at 18:36

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