It is imperative that all pharmacies participating in the program ensure that any drug subject to a FDA-mandated restricted distribution program is not dispensed.
When questions arise, the pharmacy is encouraged to contact the drug manufacturer directly or visit the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research website (http://www.fda.gov/cder) for additional information. Under no circumstances should the drugs be redistributed.
Oftentimes, the manufacturer of the restricted distribution drug has a return policy in place for unused medication. Pharmacies should contact the manufacturer directly for details on any return policies and procedures.
Adulterated means the medication has degraded, been stored improperly or has had something happen to it where the medication is no longer safe to use. Misbranded may mean the medication was originally labeled incorrectly and, therefore, makes the medication unsafe to use.
Tamper evident packaging is packaging where the package is sealed. Eligible packaging may also be an inhaler sealed in a foil wrapper or an injectable medication with the manufacture vial cap intact. Medications received from a pharmacy in the typical brown or amber bottle are not eligible for donation.
Controlled substances such as morphine, oxycodone or lorazepam cannot be donated. These medications are typically used for pain, anxiety and sleep and cannot be returned to a pharmacy or medical facility according to federal law.
Participating pharmacies and medical facilities are listed (PDF, 15 KB) on this web site. Please contact individual locations about their specific hours and donation procedures.
Wisconsin residents (1) who have a valid prescription from their physician, (2) who have cancer, and (3) do not have the means to pay for the medication, may receive the medications. If the medication is going to be destroyed because there is not a Wisconsin resident who needs the medication, it can be provided to out-of-state residents.
Pharmacies may charge a fee for the counseling, preparation and documentation they are required to do when dispensing donated medications. That fee currently can be up to approximately $13 per prescription, but can be no more than $15.
Please contact the participating pharmacies or medical facilities (PDF, 11 KB) regarding which medications they may have available.