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55 Pa. Code § 6400.162. Medication administration.

§ 6400.162. Medication administration.

 (a)  A home whose staff persons or others are qualified to administer medications as specified in subsection (b) may provide medication administration for an individual who is unable to self-administer the individual’s prescribed medication.

 (b)  A prescription medication that is not self-administered shall be administered by one of the following:

   (1)  A licensed physician, licensed dentist, licensed physician’s assistant, registered nurse, certified registered nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse, licensed paramedic or other health care professional who is licensed, certified or registered by the Department of State to administer medications.

   (2)  A person who has completed the medication administration course requirements as specified in §  6400.169 (relating to medication administration training) for the administration of the following:

     (i)   Oral medications.

     (ii)   Topical medications.

     (iii)   Eye, nose and ear drop medications.

     (iv)   Insulin injections.

     (v)   Epinephrine injections for insect bites or other allergies.

     (vi)   Medications, injections, procedures and treatments as permitted by applicable statutes and regulations.

 (c)  Medication administration includes the following activities, based on the needs of the individual:

   (1)  Identify the correct individual.

   (2)  Remove the medication from the original container.

   (3)  Prepare the medication as ordered by the prescriber.

   (4)  Place the medication in a medication cup or other appropriate container, or in the individual’s hand, mouth or other route as ordered by the prescriber.

   (5)  If indicated by the prescriber’s order, measure vital signs and administer medications according to the prescriber’s order.

   (6)  Injection of insulin and injection of epinephrine in accordance with this chapter.


   The provisions of this §  6400.162 amended 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 §  6400.162 amended through January 22, 1982, effective March 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 384; amended August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (381969).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6400.169 (relating to medication administration training).

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