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Thread: Surplus Medication - Can it be given to a charity?

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    Surplus Medication - Can it be given to a charity?

    Having both had surgeries and other issues we always end up with surplus pills that are perfectly good and with in use by dates but we normally flush them.

    Anyone know of an organisation that has a doctor that we could give these to?

    Just hate to waste something could be very useful to some poorer people who may not be able to afford it. (Are Burmese labourers eligible for care under Thai health system)

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    In NZ recently, I tried taking unopened (sealed) medicinal food powder back... the hospital took it but said they would have to destroy it as not legally able to use it once in public hands... seemed such a waste...
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    Depends on what the pills are and what they are intended for. I've kept some pain killer pills for over 10 years with no drop in their performance. I needed them when my back went out regularly. Most of the better pain killers have Codeine which is a derivative of morphine. They work well, but cause constipation, so best used sparingly. I'm down to my last half dozen from an original prescription of 100, so I'm not giving any away.

    I also try to carry some antibiotics for scrapes and cuts in Asia where infection is rampant. They will get me by until I can see a pharmacy.

    However, to answer your question about giving them to a charity, I doubt if it could be done. You would have to be on a first name basis with a doctor or patient to get them to someone in need. Drugs in Asia seem relatively inexpensive anyway. It is only in western countries that the cost rises because the medical system wants a big mark-up on everything. In Thailand I can self medicate at a pharmacy and get what I need without going through a doctor. In Canada I have to go to a doctor first, and that might take a week to get an appointment. Then, after a brief visit I get a prescription where the price of pills seems to be a least double what it is in Thailand.

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    Tl, I admire your good intentions , but i doubt you could donate them due to legal reasons.
    For eg I was on a plane years ago and had a raging headache and asked the Hostie for a panadol if they had some . She said legally we cannot give out anything due to the Airline worrying about being sued .
    Eg 2 , In the Fire Brigade we used to carry Panadol in our Medical/first Aid kit , but they were removed about 10 + years ago due the legal reasons.
    But id imagine in LOS were there don't seem to be any Rules, you probably could donate directly to the poor.

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    Yes I understand the difficulties but I thought there might be perhaps an HIV/Aids refuge or similar that could use them through a doctor.

    I remember a few years ago our interpreter in Vietnam, her brother had died of high blood pressure at 35 as at that early stage of opening Vietnam up, there were few medicines and what there were were very expensive.

    Just don't like seeing things wasted
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    Interesting...Here's what I found.
    (No Offence TL&H, I do support what you are trying to do).

    Nobody "Legally" accepts used medicines from patients and gives them to anyone else to take.
    Reason? They might die, then they would be responsible.

    All unused issued medicines should be properly disposed of.
    However, the good news is it doesn't mean you can't help others because of it.
    Make sure your GP or supplier gives their surplus stock to a good cause.

    What items are really needed...?

    http://intercare.org.uk/wp-content/u...-Care-2015.pdf

    Good related personal story....

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...nd-lives/?_r=0


    Good luck with your quest.


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    Here's what happens to used (Ilegal) drugs in our little town...

    WA sewage shows high abuse of drug ice

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    On a related topic you can donate your old eyeglasses for good use O/S.

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    wont even try to unload the sidagra then ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    wont even try to unload the sidagra then ?
    I might know of a charity that'll take it off your hands Lew 555

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    ^ it'll certainly give an uplifting feeling to know they'd be going to a good home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    wont even try to unload the sidagra then ?
    I guess you can't use it where you are living now, Lew 555

    I left all my Sidagra back in Thailand with the rest of my stuff. 555
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    Usually best to return surplus medication to the local pharmacy.
    It is their job to know what can be re-used and what can not, and depending on the country, there are projects for the collection of returned medication for charities.

    Just Googled it and in Australia the name is RUM-project (returned unused medication).

    Trowing prescription medication in the bin or flushing it as always a bad idea. It is high concentration chemicals for which our water and waste system is not really equipped.
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