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Judge OKs law to make firms pay for drug disposal

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POSTED September 4, 2013 10:25 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a case challenging an Alameda County law that requires the pharmaceutical industry to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription drugs.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled that the county ordinance does not discriminate against out-of-state companies, as the industry had argued. The law takes effect in November.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the county currently pays $330,000 each year to operate 30 drug drop-off sites. The new law shifts those costs to pharmaceutical companies.

Seeborg said the law treats all companies equally, regardless of where they're based. He issued the ruling last week.

Industry lawyers expressed disappointment in the ruling, which can be appealed.


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