Prescription donation program proposed by Pashinski

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, plans to introduce legislation that would create the Prescription Drug Donation Program.

Pashinski’s proposal would require the State Board of Pharmacy to establish a voluntary program under which health care facilities may donate unused prescription drugs to vendor pharmacies that would repackage and redistribute the donated drugs to community-based clinics that provide primary health care services to financially disadvantaged Pennsylvanians.

“The high cost of prescription drugs often discourages people from seeking medical help in the first place,” Pashinski said. “Under my plan, we would increase the availability of prescription medications to Pennsylvania’s neediest residents.”

In order for a prescription drug to be donated, it would have to be in the original unopened, sealed and tamper-evident unit dose packaging. Additionally, the legislation would require that entities volunteering to participate must be approved by the State Board of Pharmacy and comply with all applicable laws associated with safety and procedure.

Pashinski is seeking co-sponsors for the legislation and will introduce it when the 2017-18 session convenes in January.