After a 3 year effort, legislation has now been passed that allows people to donate unused medications to those who cannot afford them.
This is is the first statewide legislation that allows hospitals to receive unused and donated medication. Though it can only accept 30 different medications, it is a promising beginning, and legislators are beginning to work on expanding the program.
This legislation was spearheaded by Phil Baker, who founded the Good Shepherd Pharmacy, a nonprofit that has helped those who cannot afford medication, receive it.
“All the new chemos are coming out as pills, but they cost $30,000 and up for a one-month supply,” Baker said. “Most patients can’t afford them and half are getting thrown away.”
The success and clout of the nonprofit started the campaign for this legislation. Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services approved of the legislation. Baker hopes to start distributing the medicine from this legislation by January 1st.
If you have any interest in being a medication donor or joining the waitlist as a recipient, here is the program’s website.