Turn your surplus into positive impact.

SIRUM works with long-term care pharmacies, correctional pharmacies, and other pharmacies to make millions of dollars of perfectly good medicine available to patients in need each year.
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Why Donate?

It’s good corporate citizenship.

Expand your corporate social responsibility efforts and maximize the good you do for your  community.

Save money.

Medicine destruction can cost $1-3 per pound, adding up over the course of months or years, and your return credits may be disappointing. Donating through SIRUM can be free or low-cost.

Get tax benefits.

Medicine donations may be eligible for an enhanced tax deduction, which could be a significant value to your business.

Protect the environment.

Medication destruction pollutes waterways with pharmaceutical runoff and releases toxic dioxins into the air. SIRUM’s program has been commended by the EPA and USAID.

Feel complete confidence.

We have helped with policies in over a dozen states that enable donations and provide liability protection, so you can donate with complete confidence.

Bonus: boost morale.

Passing life-saving medicine onto other patients who need it is an extra “win” for your hard-working team, and staff love reading about how their donations help save lives!

How to Donate


Check your eligibility.
Look up your state and license info to find out if your organization is eligible. If not, join the waitlist.
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Contact SIRUM.
Sign up below to register your interest. We’ll reach out to meet your team and create a custom donation process that works for you – whether it’s a multisite protocol or something else. We’ll onboard your staff and send you everything you need to get started for free.


Package up your donation.
Prepare your donation for shipment in boxes or pallets. Let us know when it’s all set.


SIRUM handles the rest.
We’ll take care of the logistics like scheduling courier pickups and making sure your donation makes it to where it’s needed most. We keep detailed records to keep everyone confidently compliant.


Everyone benefits.
We’ll send you and your team an impact letter detailing how much the medication was worth and how many people it helped.


  • Partnering with SIRUM is a win all around. Our pharmacies get to give back to the community by donating their medication surplus, benefiting patients in need and preventing pharmaceutical waste. SIRUM takes care of all the logistical details, saving us time and money. Their team works hand-in-hand with us to make it as simple as possible for our sites to participate. Thank you, SIRUM!
    Dan Lynch, Vice President of Compliance, Pharmacy; BrightSpring Health Services


Getting Started

Donating unopened, unexpired, non-controlled, and high-demand medicine is free for organizations; SIRUM covers the cost of shipping. If you would like to donate all your unexpired, unopened, non-controlled medication without sorting (like single-stream recycling), you can pay a small fee to help cover costs.

Returning and donating are not exclusive, just donate the medicine you are not getting credit for. When looking at their credit statement, many organizations find that most of their medication is not creditable and can save more money with potential tax deductions than they currently get in credit.

Medication not labeled for use in the U.S. is not eligible for donation.

How It Works

You can donate medication that is unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated. Prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, and supplements are all eligible for donation.

We encourage organizations to donate medicine that is on our high demand list, which varies by recipient. Pre-sorted donations from organizations are completely free to donate; otherwise, you can donate all your surplus medication and pay a small fee to help cover costs.

Expired medication is not eligible for donation. We ask individuals to ensure their medication is 5+ months away from expiration. For organizations donating, most donations need to be 6+ months from expiration.

You can donate inhalers, as long as they are unopened or have an inner seal. Foil-wrapped inhalers are acceptable, even if the outer box is opened.

Yes, you can donate self-injectable medications such as epi-pens or other pre-filled syringes if they are unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated.

No, IV medications are not eligible for donation.

Yes, you can donate liquid medication if it is unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated.

No, medical supplies are not eligible for donation.

You can donate as often as you’d like, and according to your facility’s needs! Some groups make a shipment every week and others every 1-2 months.


Yes. Donating medicine is legal. SIRUM works under each state’s Good Samaritan Laws for Drug Donation. We are the nation’s leading expert on drug donation laws and regulations.

SIRUM works closely with each state to determine and create the appropriate donation records. In most cases your record keeping process will remain the same as your return or destruction record with SIRUM automatically transforming those records into those necessary for donation. All records are available through your online account.

SIRUM takes patient privacy and confidentiality seriously. SIRUM becomes your Business Associate when you register with us. Our Business Associate Addendum (BAA) requires us to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of any patient information as part of the donation process. We take this obligation very seriously and have strict protocols in place.

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