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California OT Topical Medications
Types of Medications
"Topical medications" means medications applied locally to the skin or underlying tissue where such medications require a prescription or order under federal or state law.
The following medications are applicable to the practice of occupational therapy and may be used by an occupational therapist:
Standards of Practice
Any topical medication applied or administered shall have been ordered on a specific or standing basis by a practitioner legally authorized to order or prescribe such medication pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2571(a).
An occupational therapist may administer a topical medication by the use of a physical agent modality, only if the occupational therapist is approved by the Board in the advanced practice area of physical agent modalities.
An occupational therapist shall follow written protocols in applying or administering topical medications the protocols shall:
Supervision of the application or administration of topical medications by an occupational therapy assistant under this section shall be in accordance with Article 9.
Under no circumstance does this section authorize an occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant to administer a medication via injection.
16 CCR § 4152.1