Local Push for Medical Waste Disposal

Oct 29, 2014

  Just about everyone agrees that pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the collection and disposal of unused medicines—except for the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As they expected, Alameda County was promptly sued to invalidate their ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines. But after the local law was upheld twice, most recently by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council says the matter should be settled.

   Curiously, the same drug makers who have flatly refused to consider extended producer responsibility measures in the United States, have accepted them in the European Union and elsewhere, including three Canadian provinces. This baffles Sanborn, as the costs involved are modest.