Tag Archives: Secure Medicine Return Regulations

Update on Pharmaceutical “Take-Back” Legislation: Counties Forge Ahead; California Waits for Direction from the Supreme Court

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Between Washington and California, the West Coast once again pushes the envelope in drug take-back legislation, while state action – which may level the playing field – has taken a backseat, waiting for the United States Supreme Court to determine whether to grant certiorari in Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), et al. v. County of Alameda. At the end of December, the pharmaceutical industry petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse a September 30, 2014 Ninth Circuit appellate ruling that mandates that the industry pay for the County’s take-back program. On January [...]Read more

King County Adopts Fee Schedule for Drug Take Back Program

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The King County Board of Health adopted a fee schedule as part of the requirements of its Secure Medicine Return Regulations. The scheduled fees include an annual operating fee, as well as plan review fees for: • Review of a proposed stewardship plan; • Resubmittal of a proposed stewardship plan; • Review of changes to an approved stewardship plan; • Submittal of an updated stewardship plan at least every four years; and • Review of any petition for approval to use alternative final disposal technologies. As we previously mentioned here, the total cost for each of [...]Read more

King County Announces Fee Schedule for Drug Take Back Program

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The King County Board of Health released its proposed fee schedule as part of its Secure Medicine Return Regulations. As part of the regulations, producers will be required to cover King County’s costs of administering and enforcing the regulations. The fees are based on the number of drug producers expected to participate in the program. One hundred sixty-one (161) drug producers have submitted their notice to participate in the stewardship plan. Although King County has delayed implementation of its drug take back program until a decision is issued by the Ninth Circuit regarding a [...]Read more