Washington Medicine Stewardship Activities

2017 Washington state medicine stewardship legislation

HB 1047 protecting the public's health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications would require medicine manufacturers to create, fund, and operate a convenient statewide collection and disposal program for unused medicines. HB 1047 passed the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on Feb. 15 and Appropriations Feb. 21 but did not move to a floor vote prior to the cut-off date and is dead for the 2017 session; the bill will likely be taken up again in 2018, the second year of the biennium.
Watch video of the Jan. 24, 2017 hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness.

Secure Medicine Return laws

The following counties in Washington passed ordinances in 2016 requiring medicine manufacturer-funded and operated secure medicine return programs for the convenient collection and safe disposal of unused medicines:


The NWPSC Medicines Committee tracks programs and policies that support the creation of secure, statewide medicine return programs for unwanted medicines from households that are financed by pharmaceutical manufacturers, and that do not rely on state and local government funding. The NWPSC created a sample resolution in support of medicine stewardship (PDF).