Drug Repository Program

Drug RepositoryIn 2002, Ohio was the first state in America to adopt a drug repository program. The law governing such drug repository programs (known as Karons Law) allows nursing homes, long term care pharmacies and wholesalers to donate unused medications for redistribution to those Ohio residents who meet specific financial requirements.

Since its beginnings, Buderer Drug Co. has been compelled to not only be a leader in the community by providing cutting edge compounding pharmacy services, but to also be civically responsible. With this philosophy, in the year 2005, Buderer Drug Co., along with Serving Our Seniors of Erie County, implemented its Drug Repository Program.  homes, long term care pharmacies and wholesalers to donate unused medications for redistribution to those Ohio residents who meet specific financial requirements.

Buderer Drug Co. houses the Drug Repository Program in our Sandusky compounding pharmacy, maintaining a separate inventory area for the repository medications. Our initial service areas are the lakeshore counties of North Central Ohio, namely Lake, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Erie, Ottawa, Lucas, Huron and Wood. Other counties may also be able to participate with Buderer Drug. Please contact us for more information if your county is not currently participating.

Important Information You Should Know

A person must meet the following requirements to become an eligible recipient of drugs from the drug repository program:

  • Is a resident of Ohio, and
  • Has no active third party prescription drug reimbursement coverage for the drug prescribed; or, is a patient of a nonprofit clinic.

Please contact your local social services agency for help in validating your eligibility. Some of the local agencies to contact may be Serving Our Seniors of Erie County, local health department, Care Net of Lucas County, etc.

We Can Offer Medications at the Following Price:

  • Up to 30 days of a brand name medication for $20.00, depending on availability of the drug.
  • Up to 30 days of a generic medication for $15.00, depending on availability of the drug.
  • If you need the medication delivered or shipped to you, postage and handling will be charged (approximately $8.00 per mailing).

Medications are available on a first-come, first-served basis. From time to time, some medications may be rationed to meet the greatest number of needs. Medications will not be ‘owed’ to anyone. For example, if your prescription is for 30 tablets and there are only 20 tablets available, you will still have to pay the price designated above and the other 10 tablets will not be owed to you at no charge. We do this because we never know what we will have at any one time.  Please see the list of repository medications available.

You will need to sign a release that you understand the immunity provisions of the program and that the medication you are receiving is a repository medication. Please see the ‘Drug Repository Immunity Statement.’

Summary of Laws & Rules for Drug Repository Program (Karon’s Law)

Drug Repository Immunity Statement

Section 3715.872 (B) of the Ohio Revised Code states:

The state board of pharmacy; the director of health; any person, including a drug manufacturer, or gov­ern­ment entity that donates drugs to the repository program; any pharmacy, hospital, nonprofit clinic, or health care professional that accepts or dispenses drugs under the program; and any phar­macy, hospital, or nonprofit clinic that employs a health care professional who accepts or dispenses drugs under the program shall not, in the absence of bad faith, be subject to any of the following for matters related to donating, accepting, or dispensing drugs under the program: criminal prosecution; liability in tort or other civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property; or professional dis­ciplinary action.

A drug manufacturer shall not, in the absence of bad faith, be subject to criminal prosecution or liabil­ity in tort or other civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property for matters related to the donation, acceptance, or dispensing of a drug manufactured by the drug manufacturer that is donated by any person under the pro­gram, including but not limited to liability for failure to transfer or com­municate product or consumer in­for­ma­tion or the expiration date of the donated drug.

Read the Associated Press story about this program and our participation.

Serving Our Seniors