Nursing Homes - Clarification of Guidance related to Medication Errors and Pharmacy Services
We are providing clarification on three specific topics related to medication errors and pharmacy services:
• Medication Errors: Potential medication errors related to medication administration via feeding tube and administration
timing for metered dose inhalers and proton pump inhibitors and survey implications.
• Medication Administration Practices: The practice of “borrowing” medications and issues related to diversion, control, reconciliation
and disposal of medications, including fentanyl patches.
• Medication Regimen Reviews for Stays under 30 days and/or Changes in Condition: The need for pharmacist medication regimen
reviews when a resident experiences a change in condition and/or for residents admitted for less than 30 days.