New program aims to give cancer medications a second life

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new program at Ohio State is designed to help those undergoing cancer treatment receive drugs donated by other cancer fighters.

The program run at the James currently accepts the drugs oral cancer drugs capecitabine and temozolomide.

“The cancer community is such a special population patients want to help other patients who are going through the same challenging period," said Julie Kennerly-Shah, Associate Director of Pharmacy.

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Kennerly-Shah says the once the drugs are donated they undergo a rigorous inspection to check for safety and expiration.

“There is a multi-step inspection process by our pharmacists to ensure the tablets are whole and there is no breakage in the tablets,” Kennerly-Shah said. “There’s an inspection to ensure that the medication is what the bottle says it is and then the medication is put into a centralized inventory for the next patient in need.”

Patients interested in donating non-expired, no-longer-needed capecitabine or temozolomide should contact the OSUCCC — James Outpatient Pharmacy.