It always troubled Deane Kirchner to throw away good medicine. When residents of the Lincoln Glen long-term facility in San Jose, Calif., where she is the director of nursing, changed dosages, had adverse reactions, or died, she did what health professionals regularly do: sent their unused medicines to be destroyed.
“Throughout my entire nursing career, it’s something I‘ve done,” said Kirchner, who has been a nurse for 21 years. “And each time I would think: ‘It’s such a waste. There are people out there who have to choose whether to buy medications or buy groceries.’”
Lots of people, in fact. In 2012, studies indicate….