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June 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Board of Health wants drug companies to fund disposal program

The King County Board of Health may take action next week to enact a proposal to require drug companies whose medications are used in King County to finance and provide a secure medicine-return system.

The proposed program would be the second such system in the country. It would affect manufacturers of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs for residential use, and would add an estimated 2 cents per prescription, the board of health said. Public Health – Seattle & King County would oversee the return system, which would rely primarily on secure drop boxes at retail pharmacies and law-enforcement offices. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has opposed such efforts.

The board, which will convene at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20,  in the Metropolitan King County Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the Courthouse at 516 Third Ave. in Seattle, will take public testimony after an executive session, which is expected to last about 30 minutes.

Written comments can be submitted in writing or to maria.wood@kingcounty.gov. For more information, go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/BOH.aspx.

 

 

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