§ 2600.183. Storage and disposal of medications and medical supplies.

 (a)  Prescription medications, OTC medications and CAM shall be kept in their original labeled containers and may not be removed more than 2 hours in advance of the scheduled administration. Assistance with insulin and epinephrine injections and sterile liquids shall be provided immediately upon removal of the medication from its container.

 (b)  Prescription medications, OTC medications, CAM and syringes shall be kept in an area or container that is locked. This includes medications and syringes kept in the resident’s room.

 (c)  Prescription medications, OTC medications and CAM stored in a refrigerator shall be kept in an area or container that is locked.

 (d)  Only current prescription, OTC, sample and CAM for individuals living in the home may be kept in the home.

 (e)  Prescription medications, OTC medications and CAM shall be stored in an organized manner under proper conditions of sanitation, temperature, moisture and light and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 (f)  Prescription medications, OTC medications and CAM that are discontinued, expired or for residents who are no longer served at the home shall be destroyed in a safe manner according to the Department of Environmental Protection and Federal and State regulations. When a resident permanently leaves the home, the resident’s medications shall be given to the resident, the designated person, if any, or the person or entity taking responsibility for the new placement on the day of departure from the home.

 (g)  Subsections (a) and (e) do not apply to a resident who self-administers medication and stores the medication in his room.

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