June 01, 2013

Testing the Limits on Drug Product Stewardship

Amy P. McMorrow

On July 24, 2012, the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County, California, unanimously adopted the “Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance” (the Ordinance), which is the first mandatory pharmaceutical take-back program in the country to impose financial responsibility for collection and disposal of unused or expired medications solely on the producers of those medications. The pharmaceutical industry is paying attention.

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