Court Upholds California County’s Pharmaceutical Waste Law

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 30, 2013

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Court Upholds California County’s Pharmaceutical Waste Law

A federal court has upheld an Alameda County, Calif., pharmaceutical waste law.

A U.S. District judge ruling effectively allows the county Safe Drug Disposal ordinance to go into effect this November, according to the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute in a news release.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PHRMA), the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization filed suit against Alameda County in December 2012, five months after the ordinance was passed.

 The law requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund and operate a countywide medication take-back program. PHRMA claimed that the ordinance violated the U.S. Commerce Clause.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg wrote in the ruling that the ordinance does not unduly burden interstate commerce.

PHRMA is expected to appeal the ruling.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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