FAQ for Pharmacists

Who can accept drug donations?

  • Any health care provider or practice licensed to possess prescription drugs

Who can donate?

  • Any person, including an individual member of the public, or any entity legally authorized to possess medicine

What can be donated?

  • Prescription drugs

  • Over-the-counter drugs

  • Supplies needed to administer a drug

  • No REMS cancer drugs (lenalidomide, pomalidomide, thalidomide)

  • No controlled substances

  • All products must be in sealed, tamper-evident packaging

  • Drugs must not be expired

  • For refrigerated drugs - the packaging must contain a method recognized by USP to detect improper temperature variations

What patients can I dispense donated drugs to? 

  • Priority must be given Illinois residents who are indigent, uninsured, underinsured, or enrolled in a public health benefits program

Can the donated drugs be resold? 

  • No. Drugs donated for use under I-DROP are considered non-saleable 

What can I charge patients?

  • Nothing or a small uniform reasonable handling fee that does not exceed the cost of providing the service. This handling fee is not considered reselling

Storage requirements?

  • Donated inventory not yet reviewed by the pharmacist must be kept separate from other inventory

What records do I have to keep?

  • Name, strength, and quantity of each accepted drug

  • Name, address, and telephone number of the donor, unless a recipient is further donating to a recipient under common ownership or common control

  • Retain records in physical or electronic format, on or off the recipient's premises for 6 years

  • Donors or recipients may contract with one another or a third party to create or maintain records on each other's behalf

  • An identifier, such as a serial number or bar code, may be used in place of any information required as long as it allows for the information to be readily retrievable upon request by a regulatory agency


Can I donate donated drugs to another pharmacy or provider participating in I-DROP?

  • Yes

What do I do with donated drugs that are not eligible for re-dispensing?

  • Record disposal with the following: - disposal method, date, name and quantity of drug disposed

  • Dispose of the drugs by: 

    • Return to the donor

    • Destroy by incinerator, medical waste hauler, or other lawful method OR

    • Transfer to a returns processor

Does the law require a pharmacy or pharmacist to participate in I-DROP?

  • No - Nothing in I-DROP requires that a pharmacy or pharmacist be a recipient of drugs under I-DROP

What’s my liability here?

  • No donor or recipient (person or entity) shall be liable in any criminal or civil action, or be subject to professional discipline, for activities solely and directly attributable to donating, receiving, or dispensing drugs under I-DROP.

  • This immunity shall not apply:

    • If it is shown that the act or omission was an unreasonable, willful, wanton, or reckless act

    • If it is shown that the person or entity knew or should have known that the donated drug was adulterated or misbranded

    • To acts or omissions outside the scope of a program under I-DROP

When does this start?

  • January 1, 2022. (Additional rules may be imposed  before or after that.)