The Supreme Court of the United States will not rule on case involving an Alameda County program that requires pharmaceutical companies to pay for the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition for a writ of certoriari in the case of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v. County of Alameda, Case No. 14-751, filed in December by lawyers for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and other trade groups opposed to the Alameda County program that requires pharmaceutical companies to pay for safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. The case was seen as a test for local government policies that embrace extended producer responsibility, or, the concept that manufacturers should be on the hook for mitigating the environmental impact of their products.
There is an article in May 26th Recorder. [Subscription is required for on-line access] http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202727505604/Justices-Allow-Alameda-Drug-TakeBack-Program#ixzz3bMHRS9Lf or the paper edition is available at the Alameda County Law Library.