Health Care Facilities

ORS 441.697
Prescribed drug supply for unscheduled therapeutic leave from long term care facility

  • dispensing of drugs by registered nurse


When a resident of a long term care facility has the opportunity for an unscheduled therapeutic leave that would be precluded by the lack of an available pharmacist to dispense drugs prescribed by a licensed practitioner, a registered nurse designated by the facility who agrees to such designation may provide the resident or a responsible person with up to a 72-hour supply of a prescribed drug or drugs for use during that leave from the resident’s previously dispensed package of such drugs.


The drugs shall only be provided in accordance with protocols developed by the pharmaceutical services committee of the long term facility and the protocol shall be available for inspection. These protocols shall include the following:


Criteria as to what constitutes an unscheduled therapeutic leave requiring the provision of drugs by the registered nurse or consultant or staff pharmacist;


Procedures for repackaging and labeling the limited supply of previously dispensed drugs by the designated registered nurse that comply with all state and federal laws concerning the packaging and labeling of drugs;


Provision to assure that none of the medication provided to the resident or responsible person may be returned to the resident’s previously dispensed package of such drug or to the facility’s stock; and


A record-keeping mechanism that provides for the maintenance of a permanent log that includes the following information:


The name of the person to whom the drug was provided;


The drug and quantity provided;


The date and time that the request for the drug was made;


The date and time that the drug was provided;


The name of the registered nurse who provided the drug; and


The conditions or circumstances that precluded a pharmacist from providing the drug. [1987 c.205 §1]
Note: 441.697 (Prescribed drug supply for unscheduled therapeutic leave from long term care facility) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 441 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 441

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Licensing and phantom beds, (1970) Vol 40, p 171; a hospital's employing a licensed physical therapist as unauthorized practice, (1975) Vol 37, p 963


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