State Drug Donation Programs

Across the country and beyond, drug donation programs are quietly emerging as a practical channel to connect patients in need of assistance with unused prescription medications. The World Health Organization has developed international guidelines for humanitarian relief as a basis for national and institutional guidelines. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reports that 42 states have legislatively created drug donation programs, of which 20 states have operational programs.

Direct donations from patients and institutions (skilled nursing facilities, prisons, etc.) vary by state. Check with state pharmacy regulations to determine if donations are allowed and any restrictions that exist. (See Figure 2 and Appendices\Regulatory\Board of Pharmacy state regulations 1.2017.xlsx)