State Prescription Drug Return, Reuse, and Recycling Laws

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

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