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Alameda County’s pioneering drug disposal law upheld in federal court
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court rejected a challenge Tuesday by the pharmaceutical industry to an Alameda County ordinance, the first in the nation to require drug manufacturers to pay disposal costs for consumers’ unused medications.

Drug companies, backed by trade associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argued that the 2012 ordinance illegally shifts local costs to out-of-state producers and interferes with interstate commerce.

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