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New Law Would Require Pharmaceutical Companies to Fund Drug Take-Back Program

Should Pharmaceutical Companies be held responsible for assuring that unused drugs are properly disposed of?  Untitled

There is growing concern about how pharmaceutical drugs are disposed of, and in an effort to protect the environment and public safety, the county and city of San Francisco has recently introduced legislation in the form of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill that would require all pharmaceutical manufacturers to take part in a Drug Take-Back program.

According to a press release from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), pharmaceutical manufacturers in the jurisdiction would be required to cover the costs of the program, including the costs associated with promoting the plan, and disposing of all unwanted drugs at authorized hazardous waste facilities.

The press release went on to say that PSI not only applauds the action taken by San Francisco, but encourages other cities, counties, and state-run agencies to follow in their footsteps. San Francisco is the third municipality in the U.S. to introduce take-back legislation for pharmaceutical waste.