I am looking for a answer that vis in compliance with indiana state regulations in a nursing facility.
How long can liquid medications be kept after opening?
- 27 Jul 2012 by janetherren
- 27 July 2012
You may want to call a University Hospital to find the answer. Or contact a lawyer who knows Indiana medical law.
A prescription bottle in a nursing home has to have an expiration date on it. Meds cannot be kept longer then that date. It can be on the label or the bottle itself. Of course it has to be pitched when the patient is no longer there, it can't be kept for another patient. This is the regulation in the 4 states I'm licensed in, so I doubt Indiana is any different. The expiration date also goes for pills. Of course sometimes nursing homes have policies that make it a practice to pitch them before the expiration date. You should be able to find it if you google nursing home regulations for indiana. I have to get ready for work, but when I get home this evening I'll see if I can find anything else.
Your pharmacy that supplies the meds to your home should know the answer to this one. It may vary depending on the med. If I remember right it was 30 days or the expiration date on the bottle if it was a shorter period of time on most of them but antibiotics may be a shorter period of time. Kaismama is right that one bottle has to be used by one patient. Two patients cannot use liquid oral meds from the same bottle-each must have his own. Another place you might find an answer is to call your State Board.
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