I work in a small hospital and we are getting ready for JCHAO. This last week all over the hospital we have been pulling expired materials from our shelves and just dumping it into the trash. :flamesonb I wish I could find a way to donate this items to poor countries that would be greatful for them. There is nothing wrong with them all unopened. I do not even know how to start with collecting the items, or how much it will cost to ship.
Any insight will be helpful, thank you.
Jan 27, '07
Quote from Jules A
Also, you can deduct 1/3 of the cost of your medications donated to charity on your taxes, if you itemize.
I'm not sure this is true about expired meds. You shouldn't get a tax write off for "donating" garbage (which is where expired meds belong).
And I think the OP is talking about medical equipment.
Something about "I have expired things, can I give them to poor people" isn't sitting right with me. I undestand completely the desire to help those less fortunate, but still.
I would look into seeing what you guys are throwing out, and make sure less of the is ordered next time to cut down on the waste and cost. I know that doesn't give the same warm, squishy feeling as shipping stuff to Africa would, but it would help people (including those with no insurence) in the long run.
The nsg. school idea is also great, just make sure you mark packages with "NOT FOR USE ON HUMANS OR ANIMALS" for liability.
Speaking of which, before you donate anything, be sure to clear it with the higher-ups. My sister was fired for donating food meant for the garbage at Taco Bell to a group of homeless men. The food was fine, but they were closing and so didn't need it. They had her on camera filling a bag with bean burritos at 4:35am (when the store was closed at 4am). I'd hate to see you get fired for "stealing", yk?
Last edit by KellNY on Jan 27, '07