2015: Safe Drug Disposal Here To Stay

sink-meds (1)With the US Supreme Court’s final decision not to hear the challenge by the drug industry to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, the final chapter of this current discussion comes to a close.  The good news is that the Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Working Group (PPSWG) has emerged as the primary representative of manufacturers complying with the law through the formation of a third party stewardship organization. On February 23rd, 2015 the Alameda Med-Project LLC’s, Product Stewardship Plan was approved by the Alameda County Environmental Health Department. As of April 15th, 2015, 228 manufacturers were members of PPSWG, accepting the terms of the approved plan. This number is rising rapidly as Alameda County Environmental Health Department continues to engage in compliance measures with the ordinance, it is estimated that over the current companies are responsible for over %70 of the prescription medications sold in the county. Continue reading

2014 Upheld in Federal Court Safe Drug Disposal Begins in California

A federal appeals court rejected a challenge Tuesday by the pharmaceutical industry to an Alameda County ordinance, the first in the nation to require drug manufacturers to pay disposal costs for consumers’ unused medications. Read Full Article

10679818_633008570151242_1288944823372099024_oIn 2009 just 473 pounds were reported from one site. By 2013, the most recent year accounted for, 13,919 pounds were collected and disposed, with an average of 449 pounds per site.

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2013- The Grandchildren Are Part of Our Team

Gonzalez-KreisbergWhere are they now?  (Left to Right)

Rebecca Gonzalez-Kreisberg is living and working in NYC. She is a marketing assistant at           Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC.

Jeremiah Kreisberg is currently a senior at Yale University. He is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in energy and climate. Jeremiah is also a three year starter on the Yale Men’s Varsity Basketball Team. He spent this past summer working in investment banking at Barclays in New York, and the previous two playing with the U20 Israel National Basketball Team. Continue reading

2011- H.E.A.R.T Training Medical Students For A Sustainable Future!

We are pleased to continue our support of HEART- Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM), a program of the American Medical Students Association. HEART-IM is a 4th year clerkship accredited by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that will provide twenty-five (25) 4th year medical students demonstrating an aptitude and interest in integrative medicine, social justice and activism, intentional community building, humanism, and/or personal growth a unique and wonderful way to conclude their medical school career and prepare for residency. Continue reading

2010 – GreenPharmEdu

A new online program was born in 2010! In the Fall, Teleosis and Touro University Nevada created the Institute for Environmental Medicine (I4EM) under the direction of Dr. Ilene Ruhoy. I4EM is now offering GreenPharmEdu, an online continuing educational program designed to educate health professionals on why and how to reduce unused pharmaceuticals accumulating in the environment. Continue reading

2009 – Practice Greenhealth Unites With Teleosis Institute

Broadening Sustainable Services to include Hospitals, Clinics and Clinicians

Practice Greenhealth has united with the Teleosis Institute to help transform healthcare into a model for sustainability. Teleosis brings to Practice Greenhealth the additional focus of providing services for clinics and medical offices, as well as training services for health care leaders in the form of its unique “Leadership in Green Health Care” online course. Teleosis, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley , California will be folded into the suite of service programs offered by Practice Greenhealth. Both organizations provide solutions and management assistance to the health care community in developing sustainable practices. Continue reading