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Stanford team creates system to recoup unused drugs

Original post made on Feb 27, 2012

A team of Stanford University students and graduates has created a system to recoup unused prescription drugs and redirect them to uninsured patients. The Web-enabled system will start to make a dent in the billions of dollars in unused medicine that is wasted annually in the United States, according to State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:54 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Cured, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank you Simitian.
A point of information with regard to individuals still having to waste unused anitobiotcs:
I had to go through various extremely expensive antibiotics before an infection finally responded to one particular antibiotic. Some of these antibiotics had to be given by infusion so theyWhen I was left with a large number of unused antibiotics I asked around to determine what could be done so as not to waste those drugs.
I finally learned that the Marine Mammal Rescue Center (not sure that is the exact name) should be called to see if they could use the antibiotics on the animals they treat. Turned out they were delighted to receive the antibiotics.

Posted by hates waste, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

GREAT idea. Some of us have been doing this with unused or remaining veterinary prescriptions for a long time but within a circle of acquaintances.

It's about time that needy humans are able to do the same!

Posted by A question, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

I have a lot of pain medication left over from recent surgery. Would like to donate it. How do I do that? The Web site given only shows how to donate money to SIRUM--not how to donate meds.

PA Weekly, would you please post this helpful information? Thank you.

Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

A question:

The SIRUM system cannot accept donations from individuals. In the heavily regulated area of prescription pharmaceuticals, the exchange system is designed to ensure that drugs "come from safe institutions and go to other safe institutions to be used for folks who need it," SIRUM's finance director Kiah Williams said.

Posted by Stephen, a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I have some unused meds that I could donate. I live in San Diego,CA. Can I donate these meds to your project? If so, let me know. Thanks.

Posted by chris, a resident of University South
on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm


Are you a "safe institution"?

Posted by Pet Owner, a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2012 at 1:51 am

One thing that I as an individual have been able to donate is my empty prescription-medication containers from the pharmacy (the ones with child-proof caps, anyway) — my vet accepts them and reuses them to dispense medications to her animal clients. (I peel the labels off first, of course.) Two members of our family are heavy users of prescription meds, and it's nice to see that even the empty containers can save someone some money.

Posted by Mark S., a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

There is a company in Minnesota called Verde Environmental Technologies that is launching a consumer Medsaway product and Medsaway professional use for veterinary clinics/nursing homes and hospitals this product is a carbon based product that is designed to adsorb the unused medications. The other large problem is transdermal patches with unused medications and Verde is addressing that problem as well.

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