[Pharmwaste] Donation of unused medications

Suhr, Marcus W. MSuhr at ChristianaCare.org
Fri Nov 20 07:46:14 EST 2009

Check with your state board of pharmacy.  Ours here in Delaware does not
allow re-dispensing.  One of the reasons mentioned is quality control.
Even though it may still be in blister packaging, or plastic wrap, it
could have been in someone's trunk or other location exposed to
temperature or moisture fluctuations.  While it is a shame for expensive
pharmaceuticals to go to waste, we also experienced 'pain' during a
take-back event (here at our site in the spring of this year) when
literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of pharms were disposed of.
One of the cited examples was a misorder of $10,000 +(the company would
not take the original order back from the patient).  I do know that our
HIV clinic uses a program to donate overseas (Aid for AIDS).


Marcus Suhr, CSP
Industrial Hygienist
Christiana Care Health Services
Occupational Safety Department, Office L840J
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718
302-733-3787 (office) 
302-573-7662 (pager)
302-733-3771 (fax)
MSuhr at christianacare.org 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jaramillo, Jeanie [mailto:Jeanie.Jaramillo at ttuhsc.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:04 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Cc: Skaggs, Nathan
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Donation of unused medications


Does anyone have a good resource for information on the donation of
unused medicines or information that basically prohibits this?  I have a
pharmacist who supplies meds to long term care facilities in blister
packs and is interested in donating unused portions.  Also, having
recently conducted a take-back program, we collected numerous items from
the public that were still factory-sealed.  Thank you. 


Jeanie Jaramillo, PharmD

Managing Director, Texas Panhandle Poison Center

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy

1501 S. Coulter St.                   

Amarillo, TX 79106

P: (806) 354-1611

C: (806) 672-0833

F: (806) 354-1667

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