CVS customers say unauthorized prescription refills still occur

"She just shrugged and said, 'I don't know what to tell you.'"

Complaints can be filed with the California Board of Pharmacy at http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov.

Feeding the hungry

There could be a breakthrough on the horizon when it comes to preventing food from being thrown out by Los Angeles hotels, caterers and restaurants.

A city-funded organization called L.A. Shares has specialized for years in salvaging furniture, electronics and other items from businesses. The goods are provided free to hundreds of schools, charities and other worthy causes.

Bert Ball, executive director of L.A. Shares, told me that the group will expand in coming months to rescuing prepared foods as well.

"We can help get leftovers to those who need them," he said. "The city of Los Angeles has hundreds of awards shows every year, and each one comes with meals. That food shouldn't get thrown out."

What L.A. Shares will offer is a little different from what I've proposed in past columns: a nonprofit service that could collect food from caterers and restaurants and deliver it quickly to charities. L.A. Shares will instead serve as a middleman for donors and recipients.

As Ball explained it, the organization will reach out to some of the city's top caterers and ask them to notify L.A. Shares in advance any time they're serving meals at an event. Charities would be able to go online and reserve a share of any leftovers and arrange to have the food picked up.

Think of it as an online clearinghouse for prepared meals — a Craigslist of catered goodies.

"The only requirement we have is that the recipient write a 'thank you' letter to the donor," Ball said.

For more information about becoming an L.A. Shares food donor or a registered recipient, contact the group at admin@lashares.org.

David Lazarus' column runs Tuesdays and Fridays. He also can be seen daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and followed on Twitter @Davidlaz. Send your tips or feedback to david.lazarus@latimes.com.

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