Calif. Bill For Statewide Drug Disposal Program Advances

Law360, San Diego (March 28, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT) -- A California Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill that seeks to require drug manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, a measure that would set up the first statewide medicine take-back program in the country.

In a 5-1 vote, the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved S.B. 1014, proposed by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. The measure is slated to be heard next by the state Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on April 21.

The measure would require drug companies to create, finance and manage a statewide system for collecting...

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