Pennsylvania passes law letting unused cancer drugs to be returned

May 15, 2008

A new Pennsylvania law sets up a voluntary drug repository program for cancer patients.

Under a bill just signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell, entities that are part of a closed drug delivery system can return certain cancer drugs to approved pharmacies for redispensing to indigent patients. The cancer drugs that are returned must still be in their original packaging and have an expiration date no sooner than six months after the date the cancer drug was restocked. Senate Bill 638 also allows drugs dispensed under a state medical assistance program to be accepted and dispensed. No compensation will be allowed for returned drugs. However, participating pharmacies may charge a handling fee under the program. This voluntary cancer drug repository program will be carried out under the supervision of the state board of pharmacy. The law takes effect in 60 days and the board will develop regulations within 90 days of the effective date of the law.

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