SIRUM – Help Us to Make Access to Medication Affordable in the USA
Sirum helps to save lives by providing unopened unexpired medications to patients in need. Every year $5 billion of drugs are waster as medications are destroyed, flushed down the toilet or dumped. Sirum is working towards getting health facilities, pharmacies & hospitals, manufacturers and wholesalers, and more to donate these unopened unexpired medications to people in need.
I am asking if you would be willing to submit your own stories to the SIRUM website about a time you (or a loved one) could not afford medication. Sirum will be approaching the US Congress on March 6th 2015 with these stories with the hope of influencing the future of healthcare in the USA.
On the Sirum Site, there will be a few simple questions that will be asked. Nothing major, but they are below.
1. Which health issues did you or your loved one have trouble treating due to the high cost of medicine?
2. How else did not being able to afford medicine affect you or your loved one? (Health, finances, employment, etc.)
3. Are there any other details you can share, such as the name of the medications, their cost, or anything else?
Help me and Sirum to raise awareness of the millions of people who cannot afford expensive medication in the USA. Sirum wants to gather all of these stories and send them to US Congress on March 6th to demand more support for programs and policies that make medicine affordable for all.
Each of you can really make a difference and Washington needs to see the names and faces of the people who are struggling all across the USA. Please submit your own story before the last day of February 2015. You can submit your story HERE!
Here is a little more of what SIRUM does to help those that can not afford medications.
SIRUM maintains lists of organizations that have expressed interest in contributing or receiving unused medications as well as a list of acceptable medications. Donors will indicate which drugs they have, and recipients indicate which drugs they need. The donor then decides what medications it would like to donate, and to whom.
The donor collects and records the medications it is contributing, typically using its usual destruction record keeping method. The donor removes or renders illegible Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-protected information from the medicine containers and ships the drugs directly to the recipient pharmacy using a pre-addressed, prepaid shipping label. The donor submits a copy of its disposition/destruction record to SIRUM via the Internet or fax. Donations are automatically picked up and shipped using SIRUM’s patent-pending technology platform. A licensed pharmacist at the recipient pharmacy checks, inventories and repackages the medications for clients. The donor receives quarterly reports estimating how many people its recycling has assisted.
This saves people like you and I time, money and the stress of not being able to get the medications needed. There is no costs to the donors. Lots of medications get wasted each year, while low-income families or people on fixed incomes go without the medications needed, because they are high cost and can not afford them. Between $6 and $9 Billion Dollars worth of medications are being wasted every year that others could be using.
SIRUM as already donated $400,000 worth of medications at wholesale value to facilities that administer the medications to people who need them. SIRUM only wants to charge a small percentage of the value of the medication it delivers, saving people like you and I. This eliminates wasted medications.
If you or someone you know, has a story please GO HERE and show your support for this program. This must be done by February 28th. This is being taken to Congress soon after. Thank you to everyone for your help!
This is a sponsored post for themidgame on behalf of Sirum. Regardless all opinions are my own.