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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

Legislation

Federal court upholds Alameda County's medicine take-back ordinance

Yesterday the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in California rejected the pharmaceutical industry's challenge to an Alameda County ordinance requiring drug manufacturers to pay for disposal of consumers' unused medications. The cour...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:05AM on 10/1/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

New regulations for disposal of controlled substances announced today

The wait is finally over. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced new regulations for the disposal of controlled substances that make it possible for retail pharmacies to collect pharmaceuticals, including controlled substances. The long-awaited policy change means th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:42AM on 9/8/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

New federal regulations on disposal of controlled substances just around the corner

IISG is happy to report that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that they will host a call on Monday to discuss the much anticipated regulations on the disposal of controlled substances. If you are as excited about this as we are, here's the 411: Who: DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli, US Attorney Tristram Coffin, and DEA...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:54PM on 9/4/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

PhRMA, GPhA, and BIO v. Alameda County hearing starting today

From: pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA), Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appeal of the district court ruling in favor of Alemeda County's Safe Drug...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:56AM on 7/11/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

California's SB 1014 pushes for a statewide drug disposal program

California has proposed SB 1014 , which would enact the Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Disposal Act. The bill is modeled after an ordinance in Alameda County (CA) that requires pharmaceutical companies to fund medicine take-back programs....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:15AM on 4/1/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation Resources In the News

Wisconsin Drug Disposal Bill passes the Senate

There's an important update to what's new in unwanted medicine legislation . On February 18, the Senate passed the Wisconsin Drug Disposal Bill ( AB 448 / SB 351 ). The bill allows fo...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:01PM on 2/25/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

What's new in personal care product legislation?

Last week , we showcased a few unwanted medicine laws passed last year and gave you a peek into what's on deck for this year. Along with these pharmaceutical bills, the federal government and a handful of states will also be considering new rules for the development, sale, and oversight of personal care products....

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:57PM on 2/5/2014
Categories: Legislation

What's new in unwanted medicine legislation?

There has been some movement in state houses throughout the country since our last update on pharmaceutical legislation. Most of the bills we showcased last year are still slated for committee hearings. But one was signed into law and some new legislation has been put forward that would impact the long-term mana...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 10:16AM on 1/29/2014
Categories: Legislation

Stakeholder meeting on California's Pharmaceuticals Extended Producer Responsibility Bill (SB727) set for November 13

From the Product Stewardship Institute Newsletter : A second stakeholder meeting on California's pharmaceutical stewardship bil...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:32AM on 10/21/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

Breaking news: King County in Washington passes drug take-back legislation

Today has brought a big update on the proposed legislation in California and Washington we told you about yesterday that would require drug manufacturers to pay for medicine take-back programs. The King County Board of Health voted on 6-20-13 to pass a Rule & Regulation that would create a free drug...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:21AM on 6/21/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

Lawmakers move forward with medicine take-back legislation despite ongoing lawsuit

At the same time one of its counties is battling a lawsuit over the constitutionality of requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for drug take-back programs, the California legislature is considering making the practice a state-wide policy....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:19AM on 6/20/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

PPCP legislative updates

There is a lot of introduced legislation right now at both federal and state levels that would impact the future management of pharmaceutical and personal care product waste in the United States. Check back each week as IISG outlines the highlights of some of the bills to watch. Here's a "short" list of some of the bills IISG is currently tracking: Pharmaceuticals...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:20PM on 5/30/2013
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Making Safer Personal Care Products: Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 Introduced

How do you know which products are safe to buy for your family if you don't even know what's in them? The Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 introduced in April aims to help consumers answer that question, and many others. The bill calls for increased safety standards used in consumer products, including personal c...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 5/2/2013
Categories: Legislation In the News

New investigative series takes a closer look at pharmaceutical pollution

Pharmaceutical pollution is the focus of a new investigative series launched this week by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism . Part of the group's Water Watch Wisconsin project, the eight stories published so far have covered everything from the impact pharmaceuticals on fish to what Great Lakes states are doing to keep these chemicals...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 2:49PM on 4/26/2013
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No more antibacterial soap for Minnesota government

On March 4, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an executive order that will phase out the use of triclosan in products that state agencies buy. As of June 2013, the agencies will no longer be allowed to purchase soap or other products that contain the antibacterial chemical. While state agencies won't have a...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 3/26/2013
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DEA releases proposed regulations for disposal of controlled substances

On December 20, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released proposed regulations that would make it easier for people to responsibly dispose of their expired or unwanted medications. The public comment period is open until February 1...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:07PM on 12/21/2012
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Drug makers intend to sue Alameda County

The country's first law requiring that pharmaceutical producers pay for medicine take-back programs may be repealed before ever taking effect if a lawsuit filed last week is successful. The...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:03AM on 12/19/2012
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Alameda County

Just in from California: Alameda County passes the Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance

Today the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:34PM on 7/24/2012
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Pennsylvania HB 2466 would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for take-back programs

One of the major hurdles to hosting successful medicine take-back programs is the lack of sustainable funding. Pennsylvania recently introduced HB 2466 which seeks to address that hurdle. If the bill passes, come January 1, 2014, any pharmaceutical manufacturers that wish to sell their product in Pennsylvania must operate or participate in an app...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:47PM on 7/9/2012
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

HB 6155 would clear the way for medicine collections at pharmacies in Illinois

In April 2012, Rep. Michelle Mussman introduced HB 6155 . This bill would amend the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act by allowing any licensed pha...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:39PM on 5/24/2012
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

Gov Signs Bill

New bill will provide funding for medicine disposal in Illinois

In August 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed two new bills into law making it easier for communities to dispose of unwanted medicines. The Household Pharmaceutical Disposal Fund (Public Act 97-0545) and Public Act 97-0546, which amended the Illinois Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act, went into effect on January 1, 2012. The...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:36PM on 3/23/2012
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation Resources In the News