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Wyoming Medication Donation Program

 

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 What We Do

  • The Wyoming Medication Donation Program (WMDP) reduces medication waste and improves prescription access for low-income Wyoming residents who lack adequate prescription coverage by re-dispensing acceptable donated medications.

Program Information and Links

Why is it Important?

 People
• The WMDP provides immediate prescription help and advice on lower-cost alternatives, improving prescription access for Wyoming residents who cannot afford their medications.  

• The program DOES NOT provide assistance for controlled substances. 

• The program is connecting with providers around the state to refer patients, improving prescription access for those in need.

• Since beginning in 2007, the program has helped Wyoming residents fill OVER 86,000 prescriptions (worth approximately $5.6 million) they could not have afforded otherwise.

Environment
• Since 2009, more than 9,000 pounds of unacceptable medications have been safely incinerated, keeping them out of the Wyoming water stream.

• Since July 2008, the program has processed over 45,000 pounds of donated medications and medical supplies.
 
Poisoning
• More than 66,000 young children visit Emergency Rooms each year because of medication poisonings.

• Donating your unused mediations helps reduce the risk of poisonings in your home, keeping the ones you love safe. 

 

Background

  • In 2005 the Drug Donation Program Act was passed by the Wyoming Legislature allowing unused medications to be donated to participating donation sites to be dispensed to Wyoming residents who cannot afford their medications. The Wyoming Department of Health, Division of Healthcare Financing coordinates this program.
  • Click here to view the Drug Donation Program Act W.S. § 35-7-1601 et. seq. and the Wyoming Administrative Procedures Act W.S. § 16-3-101 et.seq.
  • Acceptable unused medications may be re-dispensed to eligible Wyoming residents with a valid prescription for the medication. Participants can access the medications by contacting their local dispensing site or the WMDP directly.
  • Medications unacceptable for use in the U.S. may be donated to over-seas missions, if requested by a mission, or are otherwise safely disposed via incineration.  

Don’t let unused medicine go to waste!