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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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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