Posted by wendy b. on December 12, 2002, at 15:30:31
In reply to Re: I have meds to donate, posted by leslieg on December 12, 2002, at 13:12:23
JUST TODAY (isn't it weird?) my pharmacist's assistant gave me a photocopy of an article by Steven Luxenberg of the Washington Post, who laments that he could not find a home for 360 doses of DuoNeb (respiratory drug for emphysema), which his late mother-in-law had not used, worth almost $700. The seals were intact, etc. He found CrossLink International, of Falls Church, VA. Here is info from their web site; evidently they CAN accept meds that have been unopened and are still prior to expiration date.
I wondered this to the assistant over the phone two days ago - she said what Iso has said above, but then saw this in her local newspaper the next day, and cut it out for me. I have three 100-count Neurontin bottles, still sealed. How much is that worth? a ton, I assume, must look this up. (I love my pharmacy & the people who work there - they must think I'm the local nutcase, but they are very kind...)
Anyway, check out <CrossLinkInternational.net>
I think it sounds kosher...(!)
best to everyone,
(below is quoted fr web site)
"CrossLink International is a non-profit 501(c) (3), non-denominational organization providing free humanitarian aid in the form of medicines, medical supplies, equipment and eyeglasses to persons in need through free clinics (abroad or locally), mission hospitals, medical mission teams, Christian ministries and other humanitarian aid organizations around the world."
"CrossLink locates medical supply companies, pharmaceutical firms, hospitals, private and group medical practices with surplus medical resources they are willing to donate and then provides for the acquisition and inventory of these materials. We then match them with the needs of the ill and hurting around the world and send them through churches, missionaries, medical mission teams, denominational groups and other humanitarian aid organizations.
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy licenses CrossLink as a warehouser/distributor of proprietary medicines. We follow strict procedures to assure that the receiving organization and/or medical professional is accountable and capable of using the resources in the manner intended. We comply with all manufacturer and government warnings on the handling, storage, shipment, distribution and use of these materials. We do not accept nor do we distribute narcotics. Neither do we send medicines or medical resources that are damaged, badly labeled or near an expiration date. And, we ensure that our donated goods respect the wishes of receiving countries, agencies and medical professionals.
CrossLink is governed by a volunteer board; administered by a professional staff; dependent on faithful volunteers; partnered with other groups; and always seeking gifts of donated resources and funds. We welcome volunteers from churches, community service organizations, and schools.
Since 1996, CrossLink has sent over $18 million to 80 different countries."
"What kind of items does CrossLink collect?
* Prescription drugs (including physician’s samples) and over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and vitamins All medicines must be in sealed containers and within expiration date. We cannot take previously opened prescriptions.
* Durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, portable toilets, walkers, etc.
* Single use medical supplies such as bandages, drapes, operating gowns, sutures, surgical tubing, gauze, needles, syringes, tape, exam gloves, etc.
* Hospital fixtures such as beds, exam tables, surgical lights, autoclaves, microscopes, centrifuges, etc.
* Hospital supplies such as surgical instruments, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, operating room surgical kits, etc.
* Used and new prescription eyeglasses
* Items that can be directly used by CrossLink such as office equipment, computers, printers, etc.
* We would appreciate operation manuals with all equipment."