The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied a request by the pharmaceutical industry to review a lawsuit over a drug take-back program in Alameda County, California. The program, which requires drug companies to pay for drug disposal, can now move forward.
The law passed in Alameda County requires drug companies to pay for the costs of a program in which consumers can drop off unwanted medicines, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the first law of its kind, the article notes. The pharmaceutical industry claimed the program was unconstitutional because it interferes with interstate commerce.
The court’s decision may encourage other counties and cities to consider establishing take-back programs funded by drug companies, experts told the newspaper. Since Alameda passed its law, three other counties – two in California and one in Washington — have adopted similar measures.