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Could Someone Help me Brainstorm This Idea

Feb 20, 2016 8:32 AM

For the last few days while reading people's post on here I have been wishing there was a way to help one another in this area. There are many uninsured or under insured people. People struggling to get medication or meet copy's for medications. In my city form time to time they sponsor medication dump sites for unused medications. Often our docs prescribe something then take us off before we finish the subscription. For an example I went to urgent care due to some new symptoms. They diagnosis end me with an infection and prescribed an antibotic had to go back the next day due to worsening symptoms. I was misdiagnosed and was told to stop the antibotic and was prescribed another medication. Well I had a full bottle of this antibotic that I had to discard. I know some where there is someone who could not afford the antibotic that I had paid for and had not used that could use it. Instead of me throwing them away. I know you are not allowed to share meds. And there are all kinds of regulations. BUT what if there was palace you could take the medications you no longer needed and were not outdated so others who could not afford them who were prescribed the same med and dosage. Think how that could help people. I am sure you would need a pharmacist to verify the med is indeed the med. We waste so much in this country that others could use. Ideas? What do you think?

Feb 20, 2016 8:39 AM

Auto correct is not so correct at times....insurance copay....not copy. Prescription not subscription. Place instead of palace

Feb 20, 2016 9:38 AM

That is a great idea, because when I was in the hospital they said they were going to stop the plaquenil. I'm like hey that cost me $120 for a month supply and I have only taken a week of it. I'm like what a waste but in the end they kept me on it. But that medicine is so hard to find at better rate. And I have medications that could help someone as well.

Feb 20, 2016 11:35 AM

I agree. I don't have any pain meds that I need to dispose of, but I do have a bottle of Zyvox that cost my insurance company $3800.00 for 21 pills that I couldn't even take due to side effects. What a waste it definetly was for them.

Feb 20, 2016 12:11 PM

That would be wonderful if they would allow us to do this. I have meds that I can't take, I would love to give them to someone in need.

Feb 20, 2016 1:42 PM

Just do it on the down low. Our government thinks that that would be practicing medicine without a license . Sharing is caring was what I was taught. But really lots of people order medication from Mexico and overseas, most of the time this is all counterfeit and contains mostly toxins. We all get way too many toxins as it is from our government- pesticides, fluoride, lead, arsenic in our water. Crazy right, we allow and pay for this. I guess I am just a hippie at heart.

Feb 20, 2016 3:22 PM

Legally, I would never chance it, what if recipiant had a horrible reaction.... for whatever reason. Not worth the feeling of doing something good for someone and causing them a trip to hospital or mortuary and you, litigation and loss of freedom - jail. Docs prescribe wrong meds all the time. Plus, you don't know conditions under which its been stored or if patient put back the pills into right container. I understand the need and compassion, it's a very kind thought. But just not worth possible negative outcomes.

Feb 20, 2016 9:00 PM

Maybe contact a local charity treatment clinic, and express the idea to them, maybe even the county health Dept. Have them contact pharmaceutical companies for a"turn in " of unused meds, and they would in turn share the meds with the clinic's for dispensing to those in need. 🙂💕🌼

Feb 20, 2016 10:59 PM

You have a wonderful heart for wanting to help others, it has already been mentioned but I want to reiterate it is against the law. As a lay person , giving an antibiotic to other people, it is very very dangerous. Maybe you can help the underinsured or non insured by helping set up a charity for prescription relief! It is a rather large task but maybe start one in your home town.. Seek out businesses, companies and prominent people in your community for donations and help with non profit status organization and all the details. It would be amazing..like a food pantry but relief funds that work with different pharmacies, clinics, drug reps,and hospitals..I believe that you had the most sincerest heart and maybe you can help make a difference.ask churches, etc . I will be quiet now. Just wanted to add a thought. Love , Terri

Feb 21, 2016 1:00 AM

Kumb and Terri ....I was not suggesting doing this without proper channels. But that's how things are developed. Someone has an idea and that person or a group of people get together and make it happen... Start a program or agency. Nothing like this exist but it should. A friend of mine who is a nurse says the drug companies would not allow it. Because they would lose money. We have a couple free clinics here and they provide some medication assistance. I am just looking at the waste where others have a need. I would never give my meds to someone else it isn't legal and the risk would not be worth endangering someone else. But it is sad that we are required to throw meds away that someone else could use. Not advocating for breaking the law.

Feb 21, 2016 1:03 AM

Flappy I like your idea about contacting the Health Dept. Or local charity, free clinics too.

Feb 21, 2016 1:17 AM

My doc told me to bring the RX that I don't use back to their office to dispose of. It's a shame; it is terrible that medical treatment and medicines are so expensive in this country. Also, it bothers me that many types of alternative medicine aren't covered by our insurance providers. Just one of my many is $5,600/mo and I'm sure everyone here could say the same. I wish for each person who can do any small thing to help, does so. My small thing is helping my 93yo dad- to the extent that I can. Loves to all.

Feb 21, 2016 8:19 AM

In light of the Tylenol scare many many years ago, I just wouldn't want to do it with other people having brought the medicines to their homes and then trusting it to be dispensed from there. I think it would be 98% safe but then you have your psychopaths out there who would like to cause harm and what a wonderful avenue to do that. It would be shut down as fast as it started. I know it is a good idea and maybe between us friends it would be o,k. But I still think it would not be.a good idea.

Feb 21, 2016 9:55 AM

Mysisterskeeper, our local Sheriff's dept has a mailbox outside their facility where out unused meds can be placed. I I'm not sure what they do with them, but that's where my hubby takes all my unused meds. 🙂💕🙏🌼

Feb 21, 2016 10:16 AM

Wow, Flappsy, I didn't know you could do that.. That's a great idea!! 💕🙏🏻🌻

Feb 21, 2016 10:26 AM

I wasn't aware of it until our local news announced the counties around us have turn in boxes, each outside the sheriff's office. That's when I stopped putting mine in the trash. Of course I scratch my name & rx umber of the bottles. Lol 🙂💕🙏🌼

Feb 21, 2016 10:30 AM

Definitely!! LOL!! 💕😍😂😂

Feb 21, 2016 11:10 AM

We have drop off events in our community from time to time. The meds are disposed of. There was a foreign doctor at one time who was building a medical clinic in a third world country who would take unused or unwanted medical supplies to take overseas. I know also since we can not reissue some used baby items like cribs and car seats they are given to missions to be used overseas also. One man's junk is another man's treasure.

Feb 21, 2016 7:03 PM

I dont want to be the downer here...It is a great idea one that the fda would never allow. You can't even buy over the counter meds without tamper resistant seals due to those who are sick and want to kill others. It is sad when I had to take a bag of medications to the police for incineration.

What we can do to control the waste is ask the doctor if they have samples or can give a smaller dose until we know how we react to it. Sometimes the pharmacy will do this if you talk to them, we didn't have the money to pay for one of my husbands heart meds and asked if we could get a partial until he got paid. They know the per pill charge so you don't end up paying more or anything.

Feb 21, 2016 9:34 PM

A few have responded about this well meaning idea being illegal in U.S. & they are correct. As much as it seems to be a common sense solution to a real problem, I can't stress enough that it will never be allowed legally here in the states for several reasons, but the overwelling reason boils down to one word, Lawyers. The liability issues alone would be many a lawyer's wet dream. Not to seem coldhearted or unfeeling, but my advice would be to direct your time & effort towards an idea or project that has a chance of becoming a reality.
Now, what you do on your own time or on the "down-low" as one stated above is up to you, just keep it off social media. Remember that sentencing for drug crimes (street or 'harmless' scripted drugs) can be horrendously long.
My son can't even pack a couple Advil in his school backpack, much less share one with a classmate that has a simple headache. So a community shares program for unused scripted drugs, even if they not schedule 2 would be unthinkable.
Keep it simple & keep it among close friends/family.
I'm not usually such an Eeyore (Eor) but in this case it's best...

Feb 22, 2016 12:50 AM

On any meds I get filled for first time I only get 3 days worth to see if I can tolerate, I refuse to pay for something I possibly can not take.. If the doc won't give me a sample she writes it so I can finish taking them. That has saved me tons.

Feb 22, 2016 1:21 AM

Wow! That's good management of your meds. Thanks Zetarlov.

Feb 22, 2016 1:33 AM

Again, I would never advocate for anything illegal or harmful to others. There are many different programs that have been put into place which had to start with someone realizing there was a problem or need. Any such program would need to go through the the proper channels. 😩

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