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Florida Rx Connects

Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support

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Welcome to Florida Rx Connects, Florida Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program. 

Florida Rx Connects was created within the Florida Department of Health to facilitate the donation of certain prescription drugs and supplies to eligible patients through the creation of repositories, where eligible organizations or facilities may make such donations.

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How does Florida Rx Connects work?  

There are three key components of this program: Repositories, Donors, and Patients. Each of these components include strict guidelines as to who may be eligible to participate.

Repositories 

The following entities may participate as a repository:

  1. A healthcare practitioner's office

  2. A pharmacy

  3. A hospital with a closed drug delivery system

  4. A nursing home facility with a closed drug delivery system

  5. A free clinic or nonprofit health clinic that is licensed or permitted to dispense medicinal drugs in Florida

Please click here for more information on how to become a repository.
Click here to see a list of participating repositories.

 

Donors 

The following entities are eligible to donate to an established repository under this program:

  1. Nursing home facilities with closed drug delivery systems

  2. Hospices that have maintained control of a patient’s prescription drugs

  3. Hospitals with closed drug delivery systems

  4. Pharmacies

  5. Drug manufacturers or wholesale distributors

  6. Medical device manufacturers or suppliers

  7. Prescribers who receive prescription drugs or supplies directly from a drug manufacturer, wholesale distributor, or pharmacy

Please click here for more information on how to become a prescription drug or supply donor.

 

Individuals wishing to donate prescription drugs 

*Please Note* The statutory authority for this program does not include the donation of prescription drugs or supplies from individuals. There are organizations that allow donations from individuals, which may be identified by a search of the internet.

Patients 

Any patient that wishes to receive prescription drugs from this program must:

  1. Have a family income that is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level as defined by the most recently revised poverty income guidelines published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Persons who are uninsured or underinsured are also eligible.

  2. Be a resident of Florida

  3. Have a valid prescription for a donated drug

  4. Complete and submit a Florida Rx Connects Patient Application and Dispensing form

Please click here for more information on how to become a patient of the Florida Rx Connects program.

 

Immunity from Liability and Disciplinary Action  

Any donor of prescription drugs or supplies and any participant in the program who exercises reasonable care in donating, accepting, distributing, or dispensing prescription drugs or supplies under the program is immune from civil or criminal liability and professional disciplinary action by the state for any injury, death, or loss to person or property relating to such activities.
A pharmaceutical manufacturer who exercises reasonable care is not liable for any claim or injury arising from the donation of any prescription drug or supply under this section, including, but not limited to, liability for failure to transfer or communicate product or consumer information regarding the donated prescription drug or supply, including its expiration date.

Florida Rx Connects is managed by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support, Bureau of Public Health Pharmacy. This program is authorized by section 465.1902, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64J-4, Florida Administrative Code.

Comments and questions may be sent to: PrescriptionDrugRepositoryProgram@FLHealth.gov. Please allow at least 24hours for a response.