Donate Medicines and Medical supplies
From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs are distinct prescription drug programs providing for unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients. Such drug repository programs began with state legislative action in 1997. As of fall 2018 there are 38 states and Guam with enacted laws for donation and reuse.
Although states have passed laws establishing these programs, more than a dozen of these states do not have functioning or operational programs. "Operational programs" are those states that have participating pharmacies, charitable clinics, and/or hospitals collecting and redistributing donated drugs to eligible patients. Some common obstacles are the lack of awareness about the programs, no central agency or entity designated to operate and fund the program, and added work and responsibility for repository sites that accept the donations.
Read more of this post at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-prescription-drug-return-reuse-and-recycling.aspx
- For corporate contributions, see the information about the Medical Mission Pack program (MAP International). Note: MAP International does not accept product donations from individuals.
- "What Should I Do With Unused Medications?"
- Donate Medical Supplies through MedShare
- This App Helps Donate Leftover Drugs To People Who Struggle To Afford Health Care
- World Health Organization (WHO) "Guidelines for Medicine Donations, revised 2010", 19 October 2011 publication (.pdf)
- Veterinary medical supplies—some can be returned to your vet or donated to veterinary hospitals or care facilities:
- Veterinary Information Network (VIN): "Controlled-drugs disposal options expanded"
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) "Disposal of Unwanted Medications"
- Donate Veterinary Supplies | WVS | Worldwide Veterinary Service
- How to Dispose of Unused Medications The FDA has released some guidelines with best practices for disposing of unused medications. This guide is helpful both for human and veterinary medications.