What can we do with unused ostomy supplies?

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   Posted 2/23/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 My wife cleaned out our medical supplies closet and came accross several supplies I can no longer use since my stoma was re-sighted in '07. I now use 1 3/4 inch wafer opening and these are 1 1/2 inch. They've never been opened and we don't wanna throw 'em away. Here's a description: Hollister Opaque (beige colored) Pouches 4 boxes w/ 10 in each box, Hollister Convex Flex-Wear wafers 3 boxes w/ 5 in each box.  Any suggestions on where we can donate 'em or whatever? Thanks, Tony

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   Posted 2/23/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You can check with you local WOC Nurse...they may be able to take them and re-distribute to those who may not be able to afford or not have insurance. My hospital sends them to an international group that sends them to those less fortunate.

Or, put them up on EBay!

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   Posted 2/24/2010 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
did you check they may be expired, but otherwise i would say donate them, or sell them on ebay
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   

I donated mine to my ET nurse so she could share them with other ostomates.  Sometimes it takes a few different brands and styles to find the best fit and donated product is good for that!


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 2/26/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
NASCARon, I thought of that also and would love to offer them to anyone here who could use them. (Free, of course) Also, one of the boxes of pouches has samples from Coloplast in it instead of Hollister pouches, sorry. 3 closed pouches (opaque/tan), 3 open-ended velcro closure pouches (opaque/tan). If anybody wants these just let me know and we'll figure out a way to get them to ya.

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   Posted 2/26/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I need to get my house cleaned and then I will have a bunch to offer, too. They are all Hollister. Now that I have the bar under my stoma, I need a larger appliance so I have several boxes of stuff that I can't use now. I may wait until after my reversal, since then I can offer several tubes of paste, powder, skin prep and stuff like that, too.
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08
Asacol, Prednisone, 3 infusions of Remicade with no success
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 First part of J-Pouch surgery; recessed stoma
12/30/09 Second part of J-Pouch surgery too soon; fistula
1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery with sparing of the J-Pouch
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery and Fistula Repair
Now just trying to hold out as long as possible until we can try the next surgery
Imodium (4/day), Questran (3/day)

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   Posted 2/26/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
You can also donate them to


Osto Group is a not-for-profit organization that receives donations of unused ostomy products from all over the country... Please note our only requirement continues to be that you do not have any form of insurance reimbursement for your ostomy products... We do this to assure that we are serving those who are truly in need and not just those who are looking for savings.



The Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization providing ostomy supplies and educational materials to ostomates in need around the world.
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   Posted 3/1/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much, Shaz!! The extras are on their way to "ostogroup" via UPS (yay, "If it fits- it ships"!!) as I type this :) Felt so good to drop them off knowing they are going to an ostomate-in-need.

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   Posted 3/1/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
there is a great organization in Kentucky that collects unused suppiles and distributes them all over the world. if you google donate ostomy supplies and use kentucky as a keyword, you should be able to find it. if not, p[ost back and i will look through my files. after i sent them a box of stuff, they qwrote back a wonderful letter.
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