Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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 court ruled that the county's measure treats all manufacturers equally and does not impose a substantial burden on interstate businesses as industry had claimed. The Alameda County ordinance was the first in the country, followed next by an ordinance in King County Washington. The US Supreme Court could be asked to review the ruling. But for now, the Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative will keep moving forward.
For more about the Alameda County ordinance ruling check out Bob Egelko's article in the SFGate.