Group Redistributes Unused Rx Drugs to Various Clinics
A website run by California-based SIRUM -- or Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine -- aims to redistribute unused medications from nursing homes among low-cost and no-cost clinics that need the medication. Over the last four years, the group has redistributed 440,000 units of medicine worth $1.4 million. SIRUM currently operates only in California, but the group hopes to expand to other states with laws that allow prescription drugs to be passed on to other individuals. SIRUM has received grants from the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. CHCF publishes California Healthline.
- "Creating a Match.com for Unused Medicine" (Schiller, "Co.EXIST," Fast Company, 6/24).