Indianapolis chiropractor pleads guilty to illegally distributing weight loss drugs

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Dr. Pynkerton Newton

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis chiropractor pleaded guilty to the illegal distribution of phentermine, a prescription drug commonly used for weight loss, according to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

Dr. Pynkerton Newton was convicted of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and dealing a schedule IV controlled substance. According to Indiana statute, a chiropractor’s scope is limited and does not include prescription or administration of controlled substances.

The criminal case was a result of an investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in response to complaints filed with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

According to court documents, Newton offered a weight loss program through his chiropractic office located on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Newton provided phentermine to a confidential source for weight loss treatments. A review of DEA registrations revealed that he is not licensed with the DEA and is not authorized to administer or prescribe controlled substances to patients.

Newton allegedly purchased and received the controlled substances by using a former medical colleague’s personal information.

Newton served 10 days in the Marion County Jail after his arrest and was given no additional time for his sentence.