San Francisco city officials are threatening to revive legislation requiring that the pharmaceutical industry operate a drug disposal program if it does not cough up money to keep The City’s existing one going.
San Francisco is among a number of cities grappling with what to do with unwanted drugs and questioning who should carry the burden of the cost. Read More
There’s no question about it: San Francisco’s successful drug-disposal program needs to be continued. The big question now is how.
The City started a pilot program in April using a one-time $110,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America and Genentech. Since launching, people have turned in nearly 10,500 pounds of medicine for disposal.
San Francisco’s pilot program for drug disposal is being hailed as a success, but it will end in June unless more funding can be found.
The City has suffered setbacks during its long struggle to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted medicines. Most recently, lawmakers were on the verge of passing legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to fund and operate a drug take-back program.
San Francisco became the first city in the nation Tuesday to mandate a drug-disposal program funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Pharmaceutical companies will be required to set up, fund and operate a program for people to drop off their unwanted and expired prescription drugs for safe disposal by September 2011. Read More