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.“People hold on to drugs and they don’t know what to do with them,” said Supervisor Nat Miley, key motivator for this law. The responsibility to dispose of them should be on business. “Taxpayers should not have to pay for this.” Listen To KQED’s California Report for a brief summary.

Teleosis Institute was instrumental in drafting the ordinance and engaging stakeholders throughout this long journey to policy.  The Luisa Kreisberg Family Foundation initially seeded the work of Teleosis’ Green Pharmacy Program, which lead to this innovative initiative and now law.
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