Tag Archives: Washington

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

Trade Groups File Suit Against King County, Washington Over Drug Stewardship Program

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At the end of November, three pharmaceutical industry associations filed suit against King County, Washington and its Department of Public Health over the county’s “Secure Medicine Return Rule & Regulation” that was adopted in June. This drug take-back law is similar to Alameda County’s Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, as it requires all “producers” who manufacture covered drugs sold in King County to develop or contribute to a privately administered drug take-back program. The program does not include items such as cosmetics, vitamins, or soaps. Notably, it includes over-the-counter [...]Read more

States and Canadian Province Agree to Climate Pact

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The governors of California, Oregon and Washington have signed a climate pact with British Columbia in an effort to combat climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement calls for the four governments to work together in an effort to put a price on carbon dioxide pollution, requiring the use of lower-carbon gasoline, and setting more goals to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their region. The agreement will allow the governments to develop the same greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2050, and develop near-term targets that will help them reach the long-term goals. Part [...]Read more