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Subject:    U.S. Supreme Court Denies Pharmaceutical Industry Challenge to Alameda Program
Date Sent:    May 27, 2015

On Tuesday, May 26th, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition filed by pharmaceutical industry trade groups to hear their case challenging the constitutionality of Alameda County's Safe Drug Disposal ordinance.  This “extended producer responsibility” ordinance requires pharmaceutical companies or their designated stewardship organization to design, fund, and operate a medicine collection program in the county. The plaintiffs [Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA), Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)] contended the ordinance violates the dormant commerce clause by requiring interstate drug manufacturers to conduct and pay for Alameda County’s drug disposal program.

For more information, please see the Alameda County District Attorney’s announcement here: 

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