I Want to Donate Leftover Antibiotics
August 13, 2010 1:13 PM   Subscribe

Is there a charity that accepts unexpired antibiotics that are still sealed in their little blister-packs? I have 16 Keflex pills left over from a misdiagnosis and would love to find an organization that donates meds to the needy.
posted by wisekaren to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: P.S. I am in the Boston area in case you know of a drop-off location, otherwise I'm happy to ship them somewhere.
posted by wisekaren at 1:15 PM on August 13, 2010

Maybe ask your doctor's office?
posted by atrazine at 1:16 PM on August 13, 2010

I cannot imagine a licensed pharmacist being willing or legally permitted to "recycle" unused, unopened medication. Much less an unregulated charity.

Your intentions are admirable, but I think this won't work.
posted by randomstriker at 1:19 PM on August 13, 2010

Aid for AIDS accepts donations of medications that are useful to people with AIDS, including antibiotics used to treat opportunistic infections.

There's a drop-off point in Boston: BioScript, 21-23 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA, 02116,USA
posted by jedicus at 1:19 PM on August 13, 2010 [3 favorites]

I stand corrected...gladly so, too.
posted by randomstriker at 1:23 PM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Many thanks, Jedicus! I think that page came up when I was Googling, but I somehow didn't see the Boston location. Yay.
posted by wisekaren at 1:43 PM on August 13, 2010

Maybe contact Boston Healthcare for the Homeless? I'm not sure if they accept donations of this nature or not but it would directly impact your city if they did.
posted by hungrybruno at 1:55 PM on August 13, 2010

Response by poster: That's a good idea, HungryBruno -- will do.
posted by wisekaren at 2:16 PM on August 13, 2010

If neither of those organizations works, your local veterinary hospital or humane society would put them to very good use.

Also, good on you for going the extra mile for someone else.
posted by Nickel Pickle at 5:40 PM on August 13, 2010

Response by poster: Now there's something that never occurred to me -- will ask our vet if all else fails. Thanks.
posted by wisekaren at 5:28 AM on August 14, 2010

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