U.S. States Introducing Pharmaceutical Takeback Program Bills

By: Marcos Dominguez

States are continuing to introduce legislation defining and addressing the requirements for unwanted medication collection. As we mentioned in last month’s blog post on this topic, several of these bills are still in the very initial stages. However, the following states and territories have introduced new legislation for various types of programs:

  • Bills requiring pharmacies to maintain drug takeback/disposal programs: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina
  • Bills to fund drug takeback programs: Nebraska, New York and Minnesota
  • Bills requiring manufacturers to develop and pay for drug takeback programs (Extended Producer Responsibility programs): Connecticut, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington
  • Bills requiring pharmacies to include written instructions for proper disposal of dispensed drugs with each prescription: Virginia
  • Other types of pharmaceutical waste or pharmaceutical EPR programs: Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia

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