Guilty over throwing away Prescriptions

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   Posted 7/11/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you ever get a prescription drug and then never use it for one reason or another & end up having to throw it out?
My GI gave me 6 sample boxes of Lialda last year.  I didn't want to change to it from my Colazal.  He said it was basically the same drug as my Colazal but the benefit was that I'd only have to take it once a day.  Well, considering Lialda was a brand name & would be more expensive to buy I decided not to take it and stuck with my Colazal instead.
Anyway, I was just cleaning out my "medicine box" and found those samples of Lialda.  The expiration on 2 of the boxes was 2009 but on 4 of the boxes they're still good through this year.  I feel bad throwing them out knowing there are people out there who can't AFFORD medication, you know?  But a pharmacy or my doctor wouldn't take the drugs back for obvious reasons.
I don't have a question here...I just wanted someone to know I felt guilty today. tongue
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
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   Posted 7/11/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean even though ds doesn't pay for his drugs(UK and still in full time education)
It is a terrible waste that they cannot be re-used, surely there must be a scheme somewhere that could re-use!

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   Posted 7/11/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel bad about that too. One time I got a 3 month supply of Asacol, and right after that, my new GI switched me to Pentasa. More recently, I had a near 3 month supply of Humira that I no longer needed.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 7/11/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Is definitely an icky feeling when you have to pitch good meds that would benefit someone else.
Has got to be a better way!!

I was able to pass on a good amount of Pentasa (Manufacturer's bottle size still sealed) once to someone without insurance and it made my heart glad. But I have thrown away other meds like boxes of Rowasa that my Daughter had under her bed. She never seemed to finish full prescriptions of it. Pentasa and Rowasa are sooooo expensive. Have no clue how people without prescription insurance afford these meds.

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   Posted 7/11/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
We still have a full prescription worth of Asacol (changed to Pentasa too)also had a significant amount of entecort  that was 'wasted'
It certainly makes me feel more greatful to our NHS system. Obviously from reading here I now appreciate drug costings more but sometimes am still a little blase about submitting a repeat prescription and getting the drugs provided.
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