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Prescription Drug Donation Program Passes First Stop

Jacob Lund
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A bill creating a prescription drug donation program within the Department of Health returned today in the Health Quality subcommittee. It passed on a unanimous vote.

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Bill Sponsor Miami Democratic Representative Nicholas Duran says, "the program will increase the amount of low income Floridians able to access the lifesaving medications they need."

The program would allow the Department of Health to accept unused medications to be donated and re-dispensed to patients who can’t afford the prescriptions.

"Eligible patients are Florida residents who are indigent, uninsured or under insured and have a valid prescription for a prescription drug or supply included in this program," says Duran.

Iowa has one of the largest drug recycling programs. Since 2007, it’s saved $17.7 million dollars and provided 9.1 million units of free drugs and supplies to patients.

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Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.