Here is My Question:
I have recently changed my medication from Copaxone 20 mg to 40 mg. I have 36 days worth of Copaxone 20 mg. I would like to give this to someone but not having luck yet. My doctors office said they wouldn't take it as it has to be refrigerated. Each one is sealed so fear of tampering should not be an issue.
This is an excellent question; some MS specialists will take the left-over drug from patients to give to other patients in need, but I general advise against this practice, particularly with drugs that need to be refrigerated or kept out of the light. My institution also has a rule against this practice. You should never give any drugs to even a friend or family member since this is against the law. The bigger problem is getting rid of needles and syringes with or without unused drug. These should always be disposed of in a Sharps container (they have smaller sizes for travel purposes) and these are supplied by the manufacturer or distributor of the drug to your home. Contact your community waste/trash center to learn how you should get rid of the filled Sharps containers. Some clinics will allow you to drop off filled Sharps Containers to be disposed of with the rest of their medical waste. You should ask in advance if this is permissible.
-Rip Kinkel, MD
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