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Outside Section 82
Data Current as of:  7/11/2011

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Prescription Drug Waste

SECTION 82.   The fifth paragraph of section 70E of said chapter 111, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following clause:-

(p) to obtain from the facility in charge of the patient's care, upon discharge, any bulk medications that were prescribed for the patient during the patient's stay including, but not limited to, aerosol inhalers, topical products such as creams and powders, eye drops, insulin and special order items; provided, however, these bulk medications are patient-specific and personal and would not otherwise be used in the treatment of another patient. Upon discharge from the hospital, these bulk medications shall be considered the personal property of the patient and the prescribing physician shall include in the patient's discharge orders directions for use of these bulk medications.

The department shall promulgate regulations to implement this clause.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because it is unnecessary, as patients currently are permitted and are discharged with their personal bulk medications, and the Department of Public Health retains the authority to make further rules and regulations as necessary.