Substitute House Bill No. 5219

Public Act No. 99-80

An Act Concerning Administration of Medication in Residential Care Homes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) On or before July 1, 2000, the Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to allow unlicensed personnel in residential care homes, as defined in section 19a-490 of the general statutes, to obtain certification for the administration of medication. The regulations shall establish training requirements, including on-going training requirements, that include but are not limited to: Initial orientation, resident rights, behavioral management, personal care, nutrition and food safety, and health and safety in general.

Sec. 2. Section 20-14e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A drug dispensed by a prescribing practitioner shall be personally dispensed by the prescribing practitioner and the dispensing of such drug shall not be delegated except that, in emergency departments of acute care hospitals licensed under chapter 368v, the tasks related to dispensing such drug may be carried out by a nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 under the supervision of the prescribing practitioner.

(b) A patient's medical record shall include a complete record of any drug dispensed by the prescribing practitioner.

(c) A prescribing practitioner dispensing such drug shall package the drug in containers approved by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission unless requested otherwise by the patient and shall label the container with the following information: The full name of the patient, the prescribing practitioner's full name and address, date of dispensing, instructions for use and any cautionary statements as may be required by law.

(d) Professional samples dispensed by a prescribing practitioner shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

Approved June 3, 1999