Where can I donate meters/strips I no longer need?

By DiabetesDiva Latest Reply 2008-09-24 12:08:40 -0500
Started 2008-07-12 06:10:42 -0500

I've switched meters and use different strips now. Is there any organization where I can donate these supplies?



15 replies

whateverdidi 2008-09-24 12:08:40 -0500 Report

What about your local hospice? They are alsways in need of extra supplies. Or there are a few ppl on here in need of supplies

DonnaAnn 2008-07-25 04:25:28 -0500 Report

Your Local Lions club will take them. alot of their missions are for eyes and diabetic stuff. Look in your phone book or call your local hospital to find the closest chapter near you.

morris.js 2008-07-24 02:13:09 -0500 Report

As far as giving away old test strips, usualy the strips are getting close to expiration anyway, so they probably should not be used by anyone looking for accurate results. The meters, if well used, might be getting to the point where they are no longer accurate either.
I have seen many places where meters can be received for free just by going online and ordering them. They will come with usualy 10 fresh test strips and lancets to get you started. Also, most if not all of the hospitals in my area that have Diabetes Instructors also have a supply of new meters that they give away for free, so there is no need to look for used ones. The suppliers provide these free meters to get you to buy their test strips.
I appreciate the good intentions of those of you who want to share with others in need, but if you share test strips or meters that result in wrong dosing of medications to someone due to being out of calibration or because they did not have the right users manual to advise them of coding or usage, you have not helped them at all.

morris.js 2008-07-24 02:18:27 -0500 Report

Also John Crowley, I too have been told by the pharamcist and my doctor to keep my Glucagon kit after the expiration for that very reason. The key is to keep them seperate from your fresh kit so as not to be used for their original purpose.
Thanks for brining up that point, as they can become expensive to just throw away at the end of their freshness.

patti 2008-07-24 00:49:02 -0500 Report

Whenever I have had to switch meters the extra test strips I give to one of the shelters that helps with buying meds for those without ins. Contact you area shelters..some will take them others wont. Hope this helps!

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-12 14:36:44 -0500 Report

My question did not include drugs. I have heard of organizations that collect medical supplies to distribute to countries that are lacking these supplies. Strips, lancets and meters do not require a prescription. I'll guess I'll google and see what I can find.

kdroberts 2008-07-23 02:39:30 -0500 Report

If you got your strips via a prescription (mine are on prescription so I get insurance coverage) then it is illegal to give them to somebody who the prescription wasn't written for. If insurance paid any part of the total bill then you can get into trouble with the insurance company, worst case they will drop you and investigate all your previous claims. If you paid the full price out of pocket then you are free to do whatever you want with them so you could try asking your doctor, pharmacist, local hospitals and charities.

ldybugg47 2008-08-01 12:58:04 -0500 Report

My church has a give away table and I have seen lancets on them. Good idea for people to help one another. My cousin's husband has the same machine I do and I have no insurance…and low income, so what he doesn't use he passes along to me and believe me it really helps. I have had to check mine more frequently and they have been a lifesaver.

Dancehawk 2008-07-12 08:45:27 -0500 Report

you might want to hold on to them for back up.
I ran out and the ins company will not do more then 100 per month so I asked my doctor to call them and tell them I need more.
It is scary when you run out.
so put them away for the just in case. or for traveling hun.


Anonymous 2008-07-12 06:28:19 -0500 Report

Its against the law to give a RX to someone else…

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-07-23 05:51:09 -0500 Report

Relax. Test strips and meters are actually not controlled substances. Anyone can walk into any drugstore and buy a meter and test strips (though they are very expensive).

A doctor "prescribes" them so that the insurance companies make sure they're not paying for equipment that isn't needed.

kdroberts 2008-07-23 07:05:54 -0500 Report

It's not a case of being controlled or not, it's the fact that if you used a prescription to gain them you are bound by the laws that apply to prescriptions. That means only the person who the item was prescribed for can legally use it, giving it to somebody else opens you up to federal prosecution. Add in the fact that the only reason you would need a prescription is so insurance can pick up some of the cost. A very good deed can very quickly turn into some pretty hefty criminal charges.

Is it right? Maybe not. However, the way the medical system in the US works it's something you have to abide by if you want to use insurance and have a generally safe prescription control.

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