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55 Pa. Code § 2390.193. Storage and disposal of medications.

§ 2390.193. Storage and disposal of medications.

 (a)  Prescription and nonprescription medications shall be kept in their original labeled containers. Prescription medications shall be labeled with a label issued by the pharmacy.

 (b)  A prescription medication may not be removed from its original labeled container in advance of the scheduled administration.

 (c)  If insulin or epinephrine is not packaged in an individual dose container, assistance with or the administration of the injection shall be provided immediately upon removal of the medication from its original labeled container.

 (d)  Prescription medications and syringes, with the exception of epinephrine and epinephrine auto-injectors, shall be kept in an area or container that is locked.

 (e)  Epinephrine and epinephrine auto-injectors shall be stored safely and kept easily accessible at all times. The epinephrine and epinephrine auto-injectors shall be easily accessible to the client if the epinephrine is self-administered or to the staff person who is with the client if a staff person will administer the epinephrine.

 (f)  Prescription medications stored in a refrigerator shall be kept in an area or container that is locked.

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

 (h)  Prescription medications that are discontinued or expired shall be destroyed in a safe manner according to the applicable Federal and State statutes and regulations.

 (i)  This section does not apply for a client who self-administers medication and stores the medication on the client’s person or in the client’s private property, such as a purse or backpack.


   The provisions of this §  2390.193 issued under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021 of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).


   The provisions of this §  2390.193 adopted October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777.

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