[Pharmwaste] PhARMA does not want to pay

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Thu May 5 10:57:48 EDT 2016

Recent news stories about who should pay for take back:

PhARMA's newest effort to not pay...local lobbying:
"In Los Angeles County, for example, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association started calling residents warning them that a proposed drug take-back program would increase local taxes — even when it would be drug makers on the hook."

Manufacturers start to respond to As You Sow letter.
"In fact, there is scientific evidence that the creation of take-back programs for unused medicines and sharps will actually create more environmental impact than if disposed of in household trash.” Johnson & Johnson

"AbbVie maintained it already provides a program for helping patients dispose of unwanted medicines and syringes, and is working with industry trade groups on developing “solutions.” "

Merck is reported as supporting the "My Old Meds" program that promotes trash disposal; the option of last resort according to most stakeholders other than the manufactures.
And a story on chemo drug residual disposal:

It is worth noting that these well researched and written stories all came from Statnews.<https://www.statnews.com/pharmalot/2016/04/26/drug-abuse-take-back/>   Staff info: https://www.statnews.com/staff/  The ajmc story is quoting Stat for what seems to be an industry audience.

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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