New Jersey Board of Nursing Adopts Rules Amendment for Dispensing Medication
The New Jersey Board of Nursing has amended its rules governing dispensing of medications. The rule now requires advanced practice nurses who dispense pharmaceutical samples to patients to label such samples with the following: (i) the complete name of the medication dispensed; (ii) the strength and quantity of the medication dispensed; (iii) instructions as to the frequency of use; (iv) any special precautions; and (v) the expiration date of the medication. All of this information must be included on each label placed on a sample. Advanced practice nurses are not required to label samples when manufactures have already included this information. However, if any of the required information is missing on a sample, the nurse must supplement the sample with the necessary information. The regulation is located at N.J.A.C. 13:37-7.10.