Alameda County set to become first to force drugmakers to take back pharmaceuticals

Read the full story in the San Jose Mercury News (HT to Rick Yoder of P2RIC for the link).

Alameda County moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first county in the nation to make drug manufacturers responsible for disposing of unused and expired pharmaceuticals that are contaminating drinking water and putting youths and seniors at risk.

The county already operates drop-off boxes in several cities. But manufacturers and producers of drugs would be required to finance and operate the collection of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications under a proposal that made it past the first major hurdle during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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