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I’ve Got Extra Fertility Drugs Left—Can I Donate Them?
One day, you look at your medicine cabinet and think, “Wow, I’ve got a lot of fertility drugs left!” Sound familiar? It’s not uncommon to have lots of meds left over, especially if you’ve been told to stop taking a drug soon after filling a prescription, or if the drug was successful very quickly. But what can you do with the leftovers?
A lot of women want to donate their unused meds, since they won’t be using the ones they have and they know the cost of them can be a challenge for some people. But is it okay for you to pass them along to someone who needs it?
Remember, fertility drugs are prescription medications, and their use needs to be monitored by a doctor. That may be one reason why many states have laws regarding the donation of unused meds. When donating meds is allowed, it’s governed very strictly. So the drugs must be unused, with intact packaging, and still within their expiration dates. Plus, professionally licensed pharmacists or facilities—like a fertility clinic—must be involved in the process.
There are a lot of stipulations involved in donating your unused fertility drugs, so if you have a lot left over, the best thing you can do is touch base with your fertility clinic. Some have give-back programs, and if they don’t, they can take responsibility for disposing it.
Fertility drugs are used in a number of different types of fertility treatments, including IVF. Watch as Dr. Richard Paulson discusses the use of fertility drugs to prepare the uterine lining for implantation:
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