10A NCAC 70E .1102 MEDICATION
Foster parents are responsible for the following regarding medication:
(1) General requirements:
(a) retain the manufacturer's label with expiration dates visible on non-prescription drug containers not dispensed by a pharmacist;
(b) administer prescription drugs to a child only on the written order of a person authorized by law to prescribe drugs;
(c) allow prescription medications to be self-administered by children only when authorized in writing by the child's licensed medical provider;
(d) allow non-prescription medications to be administered to a child taking prescription medications only when authorized by the child's licensed medical provider; allow non-prescription medications to be administered to a child not taking prescription medication, with the authorization of the parents, guardian, legal custodian, or licensed medical provider;
(e) allow injections to be administered by unlicensed persons who have been trained by a registered nurse, pharmacist, or other person allowed by law to train unlicensed persons to administer injections;
(f) record in a Medication Administration Record (MAR) provided by the supervising agency all drugs administered to each child. The MAR shall include the following: child's name; name, strength, and quantity of the drug; instructions for administering the drug; date and time the drug is administered, discontinued, or returned to the supervising agency or the person legally authorized to remove the child from foster care; name or initials of person administering or returning the drug; child requests for changes or clarifications concerning medications; and child's refusal of any drug; and
(g) follow-up for child requests for changes or clarifications concerning medications with an appointment or consultation with a licensed medical provider.
(2) Medication disposal:
(a) return prescription medications to the supervising agency or person legally authorized to remove the child from foster care; and
(b) return discontinued prescription medications to a pharmacy or the supervising agency for disposal, in accordance with 10A NCAC 70G .0510(c).
(3) Medication storage:
(a) store prescription and over-the-counter medications in a locked cabinet in a clean, well-lighted, well-ventilated room other than bathrooms, kitchen, or utility room between 59º F (15º C) and 86º F (30º C);
(b) store medications in a refrigerator, if required, between 36º F (2º C) and 46º F (8º C). If the refrigerator is used for food items, medications shall be kept in a separate, locked compartment or container within the refrigerator; and
(c) store prescription medications separately for each child.
(4) Psychotropic medication review:
(a) arrange for any child receiving psychotropic medications to have his/her drug regimen reviewed by the child's licensed medical provider at least every six months;
(b) report the findings of the drug regimen review to the supervising agency; and
(c) document the drug review in the MAR along with any prescribed changes.
(5) Medication errors:
(a) report drug administration errors or adverse drug reactions to a licensed medical provider or pharmacist; and
(b) document the drug administered and the drug reaction in the MAR.
History Note: Authority G.S. 131D-10.1; 131D-10.3; 131D-10.5; 143B-153;
Eff. September 1, 2007;
Amended Eff. November 1, 2009.