The Donated Drug Repository Program is intended to encourage the donation of unused drugs to healthcare facilities and professionals in the private sector for the purpose of dispensing them to needy individuals.
The Department of Public Health does not accept or dispense donated drugs. That is done entirely by healthcare facilities and professionals who participate in the program. The role of the Department is to establish regulations to be followed for those who wish to participate. Those regulations can be found here.
Who can donate drugs to the program?
Anyone can donate drugs to the program!
What kind of drugs may be donated?
Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are eligible to be donated, so long as they are in unopened tamper-evidence packaging and will not expire before the date they are likely to be dispensed to a new patient.
Certain drugs, however, may not be accepted under any circumstances. Those are:
- controlled substances;
- drugs that appear to have been adulterated; and
- drugs subject to a federal FDA managed risk evaluation and management strategy pursuant to 21 U.S.C. Section 355-1 if inventory transfer is prohibited.
Who is eligible to take in donated drugs?
Any pharmacy, hospital, drug wholesaler, reverse distributor, federally qualified health center, non-profit clinic, healthcare facility, entity participating in a drug donation or repository program pursuant to the law of another state, or healthcare professional who is otherwise legally authorized to possess drugs, may participate in the Donated Drug Repository Program simply by giving written notice to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Pharmacy, 9th Floor, 2 Peachtree Street N.W., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303.
>>A link will be provided here for a current list of all entities that are authorized to take in donated drugs as information and updates become available.
What individuals are eligible to receive donated drugs?
The Donated Drug Repository Program is intended to assist indigent persons; that is, individuals who have no health insurance, or have insurance that does not fully cover the prescription drugs they need, or are enrolled in a public assistance health benefits program.
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In 1992, Congress extended to safety-net providers the same kind of relief from high drug costs that Congress provided to the Medicaid program with the Medicaid rebate law. In particular, Congress enacted Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act (created under Section 602 of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992). Section 340B requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to enter into an agreement, called a pharmaceutical pricing agreement (PPA), with the HHS Secretary. Under the PPA, the manufacturer agrees to provide front-end discounts on covered outpatient drugs purchased by specified providers, called "covered entities," that serve the nation's most vulnerable patient populations. According to congressional report language, the purpose of the 340B program is to enable covered entities “to stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services."
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- Emergency Preparedness and Response
The State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Georgia integrates government-sponsored local, regional and statewide volunteer programs to assist emergency response and public safety organizations during a disaster. It is part of a national initiative to coordinate and mobilize volunteers to respond to all types of emergencies.
To Volunteer Visit:
SERVGA (link to https://www.servga.gov/index.php)
Resource for Pharmacies
Take action before an event and enroll in HealthCare Ready. For more information see
HEALTHCARE READY (link https://www.healthcareready.org/about )
- Safe Disposal of Medications:
Accidental Drug Overdose: According to the FDA, studies show that 50% of harm from medication use could be prevented. Accidental drug overdose remains a leading cause of death to both illicit and prescription drugs.
Drug Enforcement Administration National Take-Back Initiative (link to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ )
- Improving Medication Practices
Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll (link https://dph.georgia.gov/antibiotic-stewardship-honor-roll )
Opioid Overdose (link http://dph.georgia.gov/EmergencyHelpforOpioidOverdoses )
- Georgia Pharmacy Associations
Georgia Pharmacy Association ( link to http://www.gpha.org/ )
Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists ( link to http://www.gshp.org/ )
- State Government Pharmacy Entities
Georgia Board of Pharmacy (link http://gbp.georgia.gov/ )
Georgia Medicaid ( link https://dch.georgia.gov/medicaid-pharmacy )