[Pharmwaste] "Pharmaceutical manufacturers resist responsibility for collection efforts"

Heidi Sanborn Heidi at calpsc.org
Wed Nov 2 09:34:06 EDT 2016

During yesterday's Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting the pharmaceutical industry was successful at once again delaying the proposed Pharmaceutical and Sharps Extended Producer Responsibility Ordinance.

During the meeting Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Board Chair Hilda Solis made strong statements about their unhappiness with the lack of progress the pharmaceutical industry made over the last six months.

The hearing video can be found on CPSC's YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txLNAKCibDw, and is 1 hour and 6 minutes long. My remarks can be heard at 1:02:21.  We want to thank the LA County staff for their outstanding work and Heal the Bay and California Association for Retired Americans for their testimony after waiting all day - for a sixth time!

The outcome was the staff report was that the industry got an F grade (when asked for a grade by Chair Solis) for their lack of effort over the last six months and the report was presented, accepted and filed after public testimony.  The ordinance will likely come back sometime after two new supervisors are elected and seated.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.


Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director
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From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:21 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] "Pharmaceutical manufacturers resist responsibility for collection efforts"

Report on the Dept. of Public Health report to the Los Angeles Co. Board of Supervisors:

"We've wasted a lot of time ... people are dying," Supervisor Solis said. "It's time that we really start to hold some people responsible."

"Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said she did not believe the industry was committed to solving the problem.  "They're too busy spending $109 million to defeat Prop 61," Kuehl said, referencing a measure on this month's ballot that would prohibit the state from buying prescription drugs at any price in excess of the lowest price negotiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs."

I can understand PhARMA spending $109 million to protect profits far in excess of that.  I don't understand why they have spent a similar amount, as reported by someone at My Old Meds, promoting trash disposal.  That amount plus what they have spent directly opposing EPR would be a good chunk of what's needed to establish a national take back program!

My hope is that as the bad press mounts, they will decide to stop fighting EPR and save the money being spent promoting trash disposal.  If that happens, they will probably fight to keep their costs down as much as possible by pushing for minimal convenience standards, etc.

So, please share these Supervisors thoughts with others, especially any decision makers you know who are, or may soon be, considering pharmaceutical EPR legislation!

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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