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    San Francisco mulling manufacturer-funded drug take-back program

    San Francisco supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require drug manufacturers to pay for the disposal of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

    If approved, San Francisco would be following in the footsteps of Alameda County, California—which recently became the first in the nation to require drug manufacturers to pay for a drug take-back program. Both the pharmaceutical industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce fiercely opposed the Alameda County ordinance.

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    San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu recently introduced the ordinance before the city’s Board of Supervisors. Chiu said the legislation is intended to prevent overdoses and reduce contaminants in the water.

    “We ought to see producer responsibility to address the problem when the residents don’t know what to do with unused and expired medications, which often end up in unintended hands or in public waterways,” Chiu told the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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