Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The country's first law requiring that pharmaceutical producers pay for medicine take-back programs may be repealed before ever taking effect if a lawsuit filed last week is successful.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 Alameda County Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance passed in July of this year would require drug companies to submit plans for the collection, transportation, and disposal of unused or expired medications from residential sources in Alameda County, California by July 2013.
Drugmakers, though, say the law violates the Commerce Clause by shifting the costs of a local program directly onto interstate commerce and out-of-county consumers.The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which represents brand-name drug companies, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization joined together to file a lawsuit on Friday, hoping to have the law struck down.
Read more about it in The New York Times.