Minnesota Nursing Home Medication Disposition Regulations
Minnesota Nursing Home Medication Disposition Regulations

Minnesota Nursing Home Disposition of Medications Standards

Pursuant to Minnesota Administrative Rule 4658.1350, DISPOSITION OF MEDICATIONS. Subpart 1. Drugs given to discharged residents. Current medications, except controlled substances listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 152.02, subdivision 3, belonging to a resident must be given to the resident, or the resident’s legal guardian or designated representative, when discharged or transferred and must be recorded on the clinical record.

Subp. 2. Destruction of medications.

A. Unused portions of controlled substances remaining in the nursing home after death or discharge of a resident for whom they were prescribed, or any controlled substance discontinued permanently must be destroyed in a manner recommended by the Board of Pharmacy or the consultant pharmacist. The board or the pharmacist must furnish the necessary instructions and forms, a copy of which must be kept on file in the nursing home for two years.

B. Unused portions of other prescription drugs remaining in the nursing home after the death or discharge of the resident for whom they were prescribed or any prescriptions discontinued permanently, must be destroyed or must be returned to the pharmacy according to part 6800.2700, subpart 2. A notation of the destruction listing the date, quantity, name of medication, prescription number, signature of the person destroying the drugs, and signature of the witness to the destruction must be recorded on the clinical record.

Additional Medication Disposition Regulations

Subp. 3. Loss or spillage. When a loss or spillage of a prescribed Schedule II drug occurs, an explanatory notation must be made in a Schedule II record. The notation must be signed by the person responsible for the loss or spillage and by one witness who must also observe the destruction of any remaining contaminated drug by flushing into the sewer system or wiping up the spill.

Subp. 4. Returned to pharmacy. Drugs and prescribed medications used in nursing homes may be returned to the dispensing pharmacy according to part 6800.2700, subpart 2.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore has decades of experience and handles the following types of elder abuse claims and others:

Fall injury / Injuries

Medication Errors



Physical Abuse

Infectious Disease

Sexual Abuse

Wandering & Elopement

Infectious Diseases (MRSA, C-Diff)

Elder Burn Injuries

Choking & Asphyxiation

Breathing Tube Care

Urinary Infections & Sepsis

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Violation of Resident Rights

Nursing Home Suspicions

Patient Lift Injuries and Other Improper Use of Medical Equipment

Wrongful Death

For a Free Consultation to obtain information on how to hold negligent wrongdoers accountable from an experienced elder abuse attorney contact Minneapolis Elder Abuse Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or Toll Free at 1-888-452-6589, email: KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

Disposition of Medications in Nursing Home
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