Kansas Sets up Program to Redistribute Unused Drugs

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A new program in Kansas is aimed at getting certain unused medications to safety net clinics in the state.

The program, approved by the Legislature last year, is starting slowly. Prescriptions Solutions of Overland Park made the first donation earlier this month: $70,000 worth of drugs that will go to 36 clinics across the state.

Supporters say millions of dollars in unused medications are destroyed every year. They say the program will help get some of those drugs to people who cannot afford prescriptions they need.

The Unused Medication program includes stringent regulations about what types of drugs can be donated and requires oversight by pharmacists.

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