States 'recycle' meds to battle costs
AP/Yahoo News, April 7, 2008
In an effort to keep medical costs in check, there has been an increase in state programs that collect unused prescription drugs to give away to the uninsured and poor. Some states allow donations of sealed drugs from individuals, while others only accept pharmaceuticals from institutions. Drugs are typically vetted by pharmacists to cross-check safety, then distributed by hospitals, pharmacies or charitable clinics.