May 26, 2019 | by CPS
Ensuring your residents stay healthy and safe is the top priority. One way to achieve this goal and cut down on medication errors is with timely removal and destruction of unused narcotics.
Per the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, discontinued narcotics must be removed immediately, and destroyed within 10 days. The countdown begins when a resident's controlled substance medication ends.
When the time comes, it's important to only use pharmacy approved nurses and document the destruction of narcotics.
Using Pharmacy Approved Nurses
Two pharamcy approved nurses are required to begin removing and destroying narcotics. These nurses will document and record the entire process.
Staff that can be used, include:
Reminders When Destroying Narcotics
Documenting and Recording Narcotics Destruction
Accurate documentation and record keeping is extremely important. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy requires all destruction records to remain at your faciilty for a minimum of three years. They can also request documentation at any time.
To help your facility remain in compliance, Complete Pharmacy Solutions provides each facility with a bound, numbered narcotis destruction inventory log.
Information tracked in the inventory log includes:
The inventory log page is then signed and stored for easy access.
Timely removal and destruction of unused narcotics can protect your resident's health, reduce medication errors and provide the highest quality of life possible.
Complete Pharmacy Solutions is here to help. When your facility is ready to destroy unused narcotics, is looking to choose two pharmacy approved nurses or needs an inventory log book, please contact your CPS Pharmacy Consultant.