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55 Pa. Code § 6400.165. Prescription medications.

§ 6400.165. Prescription medications.

 (a)  A prescription medication shall be prescribed in writing by an authorized prescriber.

 (b)  A prescription order shall be kept current.

 (c)  A prescription medication shall be administered as prescribed.

 (d)  A prescription medication shall be used only by the individual for whom the prescription was prescribed.

 (e)  Changes in medication may only be made in writing by the prescriber or, in the case of an emergency, an alternate prescriber, except for circumstances in which oral orders may be accepted by a health care professional who is licensed, certified or registered by the Department of State to accept oral orders. The individual’s medication record shall be updated as soon as a written notice of the change is received.

 (f)  If a medication is prescribed to treat symptoms of a diagnosed psychiatric illness, there shall be a written protocol as part of the individual plan to address the social, emotional and environmental needs of the individual related to the symptoms of the psychiatric illness.

 (g)  If a medication is prescribed to treat symptoms of a psychiatric illness, there shall be a review by a licensed physician at least every 3 months that includes documentation of the reason for prescribing the medication, the need to continue the medication and the necessary dosage.


   The provisions of this §  6400.165 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 §  6400.165 adopted 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 (381970).

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