Donate Medical Supplies
We accept donations of current medicines and medical supplies, including medicines that are no more than three months past their expiry dates.
We accept donations of prescription and over-the-counter medicines from doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, community health centres, hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
We do not handle any narcotics and we don't accept the contents of personal medicine cabinets unless the items are still sealed and in their original packaging. We do not accept loose pills or open bottles of medicine.
Health Care Supplies
We accept donations of medical and nursing supplies such as wound care and IV kits, hospital uniforms and linens, eyeglasses, dental and dental hygiene equipment that will fit in a normal-size suitcase.
A local pharmacy accepts medicine that we do not use and incorporates it in their items for destruction.
Here are some more details on what we can and cannot take.
- prescription medicines such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-virals, diuretics, asthma puffers, blood pressure medications, and others
- over-the-counter medicines such as those used to treat colds, allergies, headache, and arthritic pain
- vitamins and minerals
- supplies such as bandages, antiseptics, examination gloves, scalpels, wound-care kits, IV kits in sterile packaging, masks, disposable needles, hospital uniforms, and bed linens (new or gently used)
- eyeglasses and sunglasses
- prescription and non-prescription creams such as lubricants, antibiotics, and topical anesthetics
- dental and dental hygiene supplies
- condoms, birth control pills, and personal hygiene items
- issues of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties
We Do Not Accept
- narcotics or any other controlled substances listed in Schedules I to IV of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act medicines that are no longer approved by Health Canada
- contents of personal medicine cabinets unless unopened and sealed
- alternative medications that are likely to be unfamiliar to medical personnel in developing countries
- clothing or educational materials
- expired medicines for children
- medicines for adults that are more than three months past the expiry date
- expired liquids
- medical waste
We cannot accept medical waste of any kind. If you have a "sharps container" with used needles, syringes or similar, please take it to your pharmacist for proper disposal, or as per the City of Ottawa website: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items#what-do-used-needles-and-crack-pipes.
We encourage donations of medicines of deceased patients still sealed and in their original packaging, which might otherwise be disposed of.
You can also view Cuban customs information. This can change at any time.
For Pick-up of Medicines and Medical Supplies
Please see our Contact Us page for the NJT group nearest you.