New program in Ohio accepting oral cancer drug donations
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patients no longer needing oral cancer therapy drugs can donate them to a new repository in Ohio that will distribute them to patients unable to afford the cost of such medications.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute on Tuesday announced formation of the repository program at the cancer hospital’s outpatient pharmacy in Columbus.
The program will accept donations of the unneeded medications from patients, pharmacies, hospitals and nonprofit clinics. They will then be dispensed to patients at the cancer hospital.
New rules adopted in October by Ohio’s pharmacy board allow the donations. The board also is encouraging other licensees to use the new drug repository rules to promote “improved access to affordable medications for individuals living with cancer,” board president Shawn Wilt said in a release.
Donated medications must be within expiration dates, stored as prescribed and not tampered with otherwise. Pharmacists will ensure they are safe to re-dispense to patients needing them.
The program will accept capecitabine and temozolomide at first, but intends to add other medications later. Patients interested in donating medications should contact the cancer hospital’s outpatient pharmacy.