• Tamoxifen

    Asked by Mmeurs on Sunday, October 22, 2017


    I just got switched to letrizol off tamoxifen. I have 2 unopened bottles I just filled.... can I give them away to someone? I was told it was against the law but it’s not a narcotic. I hate to throw it away if someone can use it....

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Kris103's Avatar

      Unfortunately, the safety and efficacy of the medication can't be vouched for once it has been dispensed. At least that was how it was explained to me when I asked a couple of years ago. At this point, the best thing to do is to take it to your nearest prescription take-back location. There will be a national prescription take back day next Saturday, 10/28. Check the DEA's website for details. dea.gov

      about 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      If you have two unopened bottles, you could call your doctor's office since they know you and ask if they would like to have it to give somebody.

      about 1 year ago
    • georgiamerlyn's Avatar

      Might also check with overseas mission groups. There are reasons not to redistribute-your doctor can advise.

      about 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      The main reason to not redistribute an UnOpened bottle are neither myriad nor mysterious. If folks did that it would cost the pharmaceutical companies both cash and control.

      When I took a chemotherapy for a blood disease, the pill cost was exhorbitant (over $800/pill!!) but the pharmacy only redistributed already bottled pills. One bottle happened to be missing a pill. I called the pharmacy and the pharmacist called the company which produced the pills.

      The company sent out a new bottle and the pharmacy was advised to keep thenold bottle until it expired and then toss it away.

      The company, instead, could have sent out a single pill. It chose, instead, to waste over $24,000 of retail cash and have our waterways directly polluted with the substance.

      By the way, I was a lab rat which means that I had received the drug gratis from the company. The allowable hubris and the overcharge are, shall we say, daunting?

      This nonsense all began with the story of a fella in Texas who put a razor blade in an apple one Halloween. Companies got a twofer with that tale. With one fell swoop, the public lost a major (and inexpensive) holiday and the ability to re-gift drugs which had already been paid.

      Bah humbug

      about 1 year ago
    • raven's Avatar

      Amen, Geekling!

      about 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      The main reason by law not to give people prescription medicine is because the doctor (having a medical degree) wrote it for one person and considered that person's medical history and other medicines they take. If the medicine is given by the patient to someone else, the patient usually has neither the benefit of a medical degree or the receiving patient's medical history and other medicines taken.

      There are also untrustworthy people who would put poisonous substances in the medicine, which is why I suggested returning the medicine to the doctor who wrote it. Supposedly since the doctor would know MMeurs was trustworthy, the doctor might feel OK offering it to a needy patient. Maybe not?

      about 1 year ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      St. Vincent DePaul has a free pharmacy in Northern KY. They will take any unopened medication with label so they know what is in it. See if there is one in your area. We get our maintenance drugs by mail order for 90 days so if a Dr. changes something we may have some left in an unopened bottle.

      about 1 year ago

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