Who should pay for the disposal of over-the-counter and prescription drugs? Drug companies have argued in court that it’s unconstitutional to make them bear the costs. But the U.S. Supreme Court has now decided to step out of the way and allow lower court rulings to stand -- drug companies will have to fund the disposal programs that are popping up across the country. The case had originated out of Alameda County. Insight speaks with Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council and Dr. Matt Willis, the Public Health Officer for Marin County, which is drafting a similar ordinance to Alameda County.
- NPR: Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal
- California Product Stewardship Council: Supreme Court Press Release
- San Jose Mercury News: Supreme Court: Big Pharma Must Pay For Prescription Drug Disposal In Alameda County
- Bangor Daily News: A New Opportunity at Maine’s Disposal to Fight Rx Abuse
- ReedSmith.com: Alameda Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ
- ReedSmith.com: County Ordinances Place Responsibility For Collection Of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals On Manufacturers