The Prescription Drug Repository was created by the Missouri Legislature to provide access to unused prescription drugs for persons who have economic need.

Drugs that have been donated by individual patients may be provided by healthcare facilities such as nursing homes or hospitals to pharmacies, hospitals or non-profit clinics that agree to dispense the drugs to eligible recipients.

For safety reasons, donated drugs must have been under the control of a healthcare facility or healthcare professional, and cannot have been in the possession of the individual owner. The owner of the drugs is the patient for whom the drugs were prescribed and dispensed, regardless of the method of payment.

Participating dispensers may charge recipients a limited handling fee to cover stocking and dispensing costs. This handling fee may be no more than 200% of the standard Missouri Medicaid dispensing fee. The standard Missouri Medicaid dispensing fee is $4.09, so repository sites may charge no more than $8.18 per dispensing.

The program went into effect on January 1, 2005.

Repository Sites

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is not aware of any repository sites participating in a program at this time.