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55 Pa. Code § 6400.163. Storage and disposal of medications.

§ 6400.163. 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 a pharmacy.

 (b)  A prescription medication may not be removed from its original labeled container in advance of the scheduled administration, except for the purpose of packaging the medication for the individual to take with the individual to a community activity for administration the same day the medication is removed from its original container.

 (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 individual if the epinephrine is self-administered or to the staff person who is with the individual 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 applicable Federal and State statutes and regulations.

 (i)  This section does not apply for an individual who self-administers medication and stores the medication in the individual’s private bedroom or personal belongings.


   The provisions of this §  6400.163 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 §  6400.163 adopted August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended August 27, 2010, effective August 28, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 4935; amended October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (381969).

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