What am I to do with leftover medicines?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2018-01-02 20:18:31 -0600
Started 2017-12-26 11:55:49 -0600

I have switched to Lantus from Victoxa and Glimepiride, what am I suppose to do with the leftovers.

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10 replies

suecsdy 2017-12-31 10:42:35 -0600 Report

When I switched from Victoza, I took all my prescription labels off the unused boxes and gave them to my dr to give to someone else. Also a few boxes of pen needles since my bydureon uses a totally different needle. As for pills, the base pharmacy has a lge disposal bin to turn in unused prescriptions and in town they will periodically announce a weekend where you take old meds to certain locations (usually a pharmacy) and drop them off.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-01-02 20:18:31 -0600 Report

The DEA does it nationwide several times a year. It is usually announced on the news, facebook and twitter.

GabbyPA 2017-12-29 19:57:18 -0600 Report

You can also check with some local churches. I have heard that they can distribute to those in need in some cases. It's hard with drugs, because most outlets are not set up to do it leagally. You may also ask your doctor if they know of any income driven clinics that can use the donations.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-29 20:18:37 -0600 Report


I could be wrong but that could be against the law.

GabbyPA 2017-12-30 12:35:50 -0600 Report

Is insulin schedule 2 or higher? I can buy the kind I use without a prescription. I think insurance fraud is an even bigger concern, that you cannot sell anything supplies or drugs, that insurance helped you pay for.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-30 12:59:36 -0600 Report

No Victroza is a schedule 4 drug. it has a low risk of being abused but can be abused. However, you are advocating giving the drug to a church to dispense when they cannot legally do that. If they give it to someone simply because they say they are out and that is what they take, How would they know this is true. The person could take it on the street and sell it. The best thing to do with medication no longer needed is to dispose of it properly.

I understand that people really could use the medication and cannot afford it. However, if the medication is for you and you give it to someone else who could possibly become sick from it, you are the one liable and can be sued or at the least arrested. I believe it is insurance fraud if your insurance paid for it for your use and you give it away.

Never ever advocate this. I think DC should make this asking this or even telling someone you will send it to them a violation of their terms of use.

Suzy24 2017-12-29 17:12:10 -0600 Report

Our town has a low cost medical clinic that accepts unopened, unused meds in the original containers/packages which is used for their patients. I don't know if our clinic accepts a drug like Lantus. If your town has a similar clinic, you might give them a call about your leftover medication. Otherwise our local police departments take them - same as Just Joyce stated. The nice thing about the police programs is they accept opened meds. I have some metformin headed in that direction when the snow stops!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-30 20:47:19 -0600 Report

The medication the Police Department takes is taken by the DEA and destroyed. We have a large container that looks like a Silver Mail box sitting in the lobby for medication disposal.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-27 15:32:50 -0600 Report

Since it is illegal for me to give prescription medication to anyone, I take mine to our police station and drop it in the Prescription Drug drop box for proper disposal.

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