Medicines Legislation

There is currently no federal legislation regulating the management of medicine at the end of life, but a number of states have passed and attempted to pass legislation.

Status:
Type:
Bill
Date:
January, 2017

Introduced in January 2017, HB 1047 would "establish a safe and secure method for collection and disposal of medicines through a drug "take-back" program operated and funded by drug manufacturers."

Status:
Passed
Type:
Resolution
Date:
October, 2016

At its October 2016 annual meeting, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) adopted a resolution supporting medication return programs:

RESOLVED, that the WSMA support legislation to create a convenient, safe, secure, environmentally sound and sustainable product stewardship program for the collection, transportation...
Status:
Passed
Type:
Ordinance
Date:
June, 2016

On June 14, 2016, the Board of Health of the Snohomish Health District adopted a pharmaceutical stewardship ordinance (PDF) to establish a convenient secure medicine return system for residents that:

  • Expands safe medicine...
Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
June, 2013

On June 20, 2013, the King County Board of Health took a significant step towards reducing preventable deaths from drug overdoses by passing a Rule & Regulation to create a drug take-back system for King County residents. The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers who produce the medications....

Status:
Proposed
Type:
Bill
Date:
February, 2013

SB 727 would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to create and manage a stewardship program.

Status:
Passed
Type:
Ordinance
Date:
July, 2012

In July 2012, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance, the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance(PDF), requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to create and fund a program to collect and properly dispose of leftover drugs they manufacture. This ordinance is the first of its kind in the nation. Alameda County also held a series of...

Status:
Failed
Type:
Bill
Date:
January, 2012

SSB 5234, the Medicine Take-Back Bill, was introduced in January 2011 but did not move out of the Senate Rules Committee. Re-introduced in January 2012, during the second year of the 2011-2012 biennium, the bill did not get a floor vote and is now dead. Read the Senate Bill Report...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Resolution
Date:
January, 2010

Resolution of the City Council of the City of Issaquah (PDF), Washington, January 2010.

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