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.

The largest collection sites are the Alameda County Sheriff’s Station (1100 pounds), Eden Medical Center (1036 pounds), Washington Hospital (960 pounds) and Ted’s Pharmacy (936 pounds).

In 2013, the extrapolated costs of disposal are $27,838, with an average costs per pound of $2.00, down from $2.51 per pound in 2009.

Through the support of the Luisa Kreisberg Family Foundation, TelTeleosis-Logo-website21eosis Institute has been key to creating the first law in the US making it mandatory for Drug Companies to develop safe medication return system for drugs sold.

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