By CJ55 Latest Reply 2013-02-28 15:48:32 -0600
Started 2013-02-13 01:14:23 -0600

Hello DC.. I hope someone can answer my question for me. For the past year I have been on several different insulins and injectable meds. I have finally found 1 insulin & 1 injectable med that works well for me. I do however have an over abundance of several insulins in my refrigerator just sitting there going bad. I have already thrown away 25 bottles of insulin which is very sad. I have called the ADA left messages with no call backs, i cannot give them to my endo. I was told a Diabetes clinic here where I live will take anything people will donate but they never answer their phone or unlock their doors. Is it even ok to give a Diabetic meds if they are taking the same thing I have to offer them for free?? I have many many vials of Humalog, Lantus & Byetta. None of which I can take again. Thanks for any input I can receive. —-(((@

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Prprincess0923 2013-02-23 20:44:45 -0600 Report

I take those and for me it works but I don't know how to reach u. U can email me at wireandbeadinggirl@ if u still giving it away. Thanks

manapua72 2013-02-13 10:18:22 -0600 Report

I hope u can find a place to take them or a person to give them too … I know a young lady that's type 1 she's been in hospital a few times since I've know her … She doesn't have medical so sometimes can't get her supplies so sometimes her diabetes gets outta control … Lately she has found a local medical research place that does studies on diabetics etc … Through participating in studies she has been able to get supplies …

jayabee52 2013-02-13 02:16:02 -0600 Report

If you have opened vials or pens of insulin or any other medications most medical places will not accept them due to the threat of tampering or contamination.

With injectables there is the chance of blood bourne pathogens being on the stopper of the vial. They don't want to take a chance of someone else getting infected by another's microorgansims.

I know it seems wasteful, but that is the way it has to be to be safe.

Should you ask about unopened vials? I really dont' know about that. I can only expect that the chance of contamination would be too great even if the outer plastic stopper shield were intact.

melinaroselynn 2013-02-13 01:33:55 -0600 Report

I guess it depends when it expires and not sure if the clinics will reuse insulin even though its not open. So I would problem take it to the hospital and dispose of the insulin there.

CJ55 2013-02-13 01:40:06 -0600 Report

Ty.. I was told this clinic here where I live will take insulin and give it to ppl who cannot afford to pay for it but they never ans their phone or door. They will take everything. Needles, pen needles, insulins, injectable meds, meters. Etc..

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-02-23 12:36:06 -0600 Report

I do not know of any organization that will take medication even if it is not been opened. The risk of cross contamination is great. Furthermore, the organization that would be accepting this medication doesn't know how it was stored. Too hot or too cold conditions can render the medication impotent.

You obviously are a very kind and caring person. I applaud your efforts to donate what you consider (and so do I ) perfectly good medication that is just going to waste. The risk ramifications are too great for most organizations (even those who are desperate) to take a chance.

God bless you.

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