Mae's nurse was here this morning to give her the new antibiotic. Everything went well and I feel comfortable doing the next dose alone. Good, good, now on to my real concern. Now that's she's on a new different medication (rocephin), what are we supposed to do with 15 unused (still sterile, yet I took them out of the fridge to make room for the new stuff) bags of IV antibiotics. I asked this very question to the pharmacist yesterday on one of our many phone conversations coordinating the switch over. He said that he can't, by federal law, take back any of the medication to the pharmacy and suggested that I either dump it down the drain or throw it into the garbage. Seriously? We can't do better than that?
I also asked the nurse this morning and he (yes, a man) didn't have any better ideas. I am determined not to dump it down my drain (hello, Septic system and private well!) or throw it into the garbage. I've watched enough local news investigations on this very subject to know that dumping it is irresponsible, but what do I do with it? Our state's extension office lists the upcoming medication disposal drop off events, but the closest one is this weekend and over 2 hours away driving one way. Maybe I'll call the hospital this afternoon to see if they have any suggestions for me. Bloggers, any ideas?