Kiah Williams and SIRUM

Kiah Williams and SIRUM



The current status quo suggests that many medicines in United States are being wasted, unused and discarded. ‘Every year $5 billion worth of unexpired medicine in the United States is destroyed’. As the demand for the healthcare increases, the supply of medicines increases as well. This naturally leads to such phenomenon where people can no longer take his or her medicine because of death and of sudden needlessness. Meanwhile, there are some people who are not as bourgeois to buy medicines.

There comes a simple solution: Why don’t we give unused medicines to the poor? In the past days, this was not legitimate at all. In fact, people were reluctant to do this but after the emergence of ‘Good Samaritan law’, this behavioral trend has changed. The law protects people who give assistance to patients. It would normally comprise of doctors, however; it also includes an individual like Kiah Williams who try to assist patients through other measures.



Kiah Williams and her Standford colleagues founded SIRUM (Supporting initiatives to redistribute unused medicine) in 2009. Under the name of NGO, their main aim has been to saving people’s lives, especially the ones who cannot afford to buy medicines, by providing them with unused medicines. SIRUM ensures that these unused medicines are unexpired, unopened and on top of that, safe.

Nowadays 40 states in the United States are legally eligible for the services that SIRUM provides because these states have adopted a ‘Good Samaritan law’.

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SIRUM ensures safety in medicine through the use of safety-net clinics. Rather than having to make untrustworthy intermediaries to be involved in the transaction of unused medicine, the use of safety net clinics enable organizations to leverage technologies to donate medicine. SIRUM also uploads the medicines that their patients need in order to provide their patients with the correct medicine. This system not only provides convenience for donators but also ensures that the medicine they are providing to patients is not being overused.


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