Drug Redistribution Plan Headed to Holden
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers sent legislation to Governor Holden Thursday that would start a program to redistribute prescription drugs that are filled but not used.
People, hospitals, and drug manufacturers could donate unused and unopened drugs. Hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics that sign up could then redistribute the drugs to the needy under state-set guidelines.
Drugs sometimes go unused, for example, when someone dies or suddenly needs different treatment.
The so-called prescription medicine repository system would be run by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The measure passed the state Senate Thursday without opposition; it had previously cleared the House.