Donating Unused/Unopened Mediciations

Kimski
By Kimski Latest Reply 2010-07-15 20:48:03 -0500
Started 2010-07-15 09:05:12 -0500

Hello everyone,

I have been going through several medication changes; Usually right after I re-up for 3 months. It's a shame to see these meds go to waste; How do I find out if I can donate medications and where to do so. Thanks


5 replies

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-15 20:48:03 -0500 Report

What a timely question! My wife just noticed a bunch of meds (some unopened) that she can't use and I was going to bring them to the attention of the pharmacy tomorrow when I pick up a prescription of my own to ask what to do. They should not be tossed in the trash or dumped down the toilet so what the heck do we do with them? We are talking about a few hundred bucks of meds that surely others could use but as pointed out the insurance companies paid for them. I have a prescription for Chantix that I filled but will NOT use. Surely there are people who would love to take the meds for smoking cessation. I am having good luck on the patch and can't use both. Wife has two blood pressure prescriptions (just filled) that she can no longer take. We don't know what to do. I am sure the pharmacy cannot just pass them out or reuse them but there should be something they do with their expired meds that don't include a toilet or water supply.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-07-15 16:20:48 -0500 Report

Yes, it is VERY tricky. Specially if insurance companies, including Medicare, paid for it. However, if you check with your local churches, you might find that there is a place that they can be used. I depends on so many things. I know that the church my mom attends has an outreach to the homeless where they are able to use certain meds. So you might start there.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-15 09:27:28 -0500 Report

It is a waste but it's very tricky legal grounds. You have the actual prescription/drug laws and also the insurance aspect if some or all of the cost of the drugs were paid for by an insurance company.
http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14425