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Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 13, 2019 09:44AM
My youngest son had a bunch of sample boxes of a super expensive antidepressant medication his doctor gave him (along with a prescription). He tried it for a week and decided is wasn't going to work. I hate to toss them until the med collection point at the pharmacy. Is there any sort of recovery process for these, like some sort of mental health organization that can use them ? Factory sealed.
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 13, 2019 09:54AM
Can you give them back to the doctor?
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: June 13, 2019 09:59AM
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cbelt3
My youngest son had a bunch of sample boxes of a super expensive antidepressant medication his doctor gave him (along with a prescription). He tried it for a week and decided is wasn't going to work. I hate to toss them until the med collection point at the pharmacy. Is there any sort of recovery process for these, like some sort of mental health organization that can use them ? Factory sealed.

Take them back to the prescribing physician, unopened and sealed. They may be able to support another patient with them.



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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 13, 2019 10:40AM
I seriously doubt any organization or doctor will use them. The potential liability is too great to risk.



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 13, 2019 10:42AM
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Ammo
Date: June 13, 2019 10:50AM
A one week trial is probably too short a time to evaluate the medication’s effectiveness, so I assume he had another reason to quit before then.

I don’t think it’s a good idea to directly dispose of them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, although there are other ways to safely do so at home. I think some police stations accept this sort of things.



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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Randalls
Date: June 13, 2019 12:30PM
Our local CVS stores have a drug collection bin near the Pharmacy counter
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: June 13, 2019 12:55PM
Industrial plasma incinerator. If your son didn't like taking it, what makes you think someone else would just because it has an outrageous list price? wink smiley



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Posted by: space-time
Date: June 13, 2019 01:28PM
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: pqrst
Date: June 13, 2019 02:01PM
Understand the desire to not want them to go to waste but I have to agree, either return to doctor or dispose in a meds drop off location.
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: June 13, 2019 02:04PM
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Ombligo
I seriously doubt any organization or doctor will use them. The potential liability is too great to risk.

Psychiatrists (and other docs, but especially psychiatrists) often use samples to help patients test a medication before purchasing an (often expensive) prescription. I've had doctors provide me with samples when I could not afford the medication, period, prescription or otherwise.

It's a very imperfect system, but samples are important to indigent and struggling patients, and throwing away or incinerating these is a mistake.

The reason I suggested returning them to the prescribing physician is because that doctor knows where the samples originated (their office), knows who they went to (cbelt3's kid), and they are coming back, unopened, from that same patient. Doctors DO have to worry about liability, but this is an almost negligible risk.

Give them back. They didn't work for this patient, but they could save someone else's life. Someone who might, through no fault of their own, be unable to afford the medication.



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Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 13, 2019 02:45PM
Hang onto them until the med goes generic, then you won't feel so bad about tossing them. :-)
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: June 13, 2019 03:05PM
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Ombligo
I seriously doubt any organization or doctor will use them. The potential liability is too great to risk.

Psychiatrists (and other docs, but especially psychiatrists) often use samples to help patients test a medication before purchasing an (often expensive) prescription. I've had doctors provide me with samples when I could not afford the medication, period, prescription or otherwise.

It's a very imperfect system, but samples are important to indigent and struggling patients, and throwing away or incinerating these is a mistake.

The reason I suggested returning them to the prescribing physician is because that doctor knows where the samples originated (their office), knows who they went to (cbelt3's kid), and they are coming back, unopened, from that same patient. Doctors DO have to worry about liability, but this is an almost negligible risk.

Give them back. They didn't work for this patient, but they could save someone else's life. Someone who might, through no fault of their own, be unable to afford the medication.

This. I had.a friend at my old job who brought me samples of a really good migraine med, from a neurologist that this friend knew very well. It helped a lot, as I’d been laid off and was freelancing in between collecting unemployment. It’s the best migraine med I’ve used, but it mostly hasn’t been in the formulary of whatever insurance I have had.

My old vet used to redistribute unused portions of pet meds to and from clients they trusted. They worked with a number of folks who really needed that help.



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Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 13, 2019 04:00PM
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A one week trial is probably too short a time to evaluate the medication’s effectiveness, so I assume he had another reason to quit before then.

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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: June 13, 2019 04:35PM
Post them on For Sale & Free Items? smiley-shocked003



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Posted by: space-time
Date: June 13, 2019 10:00PM
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Rick-o
Post them on For Sale & Free Items? smiley-shocked003

Too late. See my post above.
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 13, 2019 11:03PM
The prescriber will probably take them back. If not, see if there is a free clinic in your city that might take them.

Before giving up altogether on the med, the prescriber should be notified that it has been stopped, and of the reason for stopping it. As mentioned by others above, one week is not nearly enough time to assess how well a med is working. Even harmless side effects can improve, if given a chance.
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: mrp-admin
Date: June 14, 2019 09:33AM
FYI the post on the For Sale & Free forum has been removed - sorry, that's not exactly legal but you all know who to ask if you are interested smiling smiley

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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: Tiki2000
Date: June 14, 2019 10:20AM
I've run into the same problem myself (prescription you don't want to just throw away). Found a local group that accepted 'donated' prescriptions for those who couldn't afford to fill theirs. They weren't nationally affiliated with anybody (church basement local nurse), so that doesn't help you with your locality. All I can say is that you'll have to look/ask around for something similar, but its worth it in the end...
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Re: Expensive prescription medication sample boxes unused, unexpired... Hate to waste them
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 14, 2019 12:54PM
The reason I suggested returning them to the prescribing physician is because that doctor knows where the samples originated (their office), knows who they went to (cbelt3's kid), and they are coming back, unopened, from that same patient. Doctors DO have to worry about liability, but this is an almost negligible risk.

This make terrific sense.

Any other doctor or facility would very likely just have the medications destroyed, having no provenance, and they be wise to do so.

But for the reasons noted above, cbelt's doc could reasonably consider redistributing them.






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Posted by: Rick-o
Date: June 14, 2019 06:19PM
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Post them on For Sale & Free Items? smiley-shocked003

Too late. See my post above.

Doh! I saw your link and thought it was pointing to an older, similar thread. My bad.



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