Big Pharma Must Pay Its Fair Share
Legislator Patrick Burke Introduces a local law which will require pharmaceutical companies to pay for the safe disposal of unused medicines.
Buffalo, New York (January 23, 2017) - A local law has been submitted to the Erie County Legislature, titled the “Erie County Pharmaceutical Water Pollution Act”. Authored by Legislator Patrick Burke (7th District), the legislation will help protect our waters from the harmful chemicals found in prescription medications. There is growing evidence that the contamination of nearby streams, lakes and even drinking reservoirs is in part due to the improper disposal of prescription medications. This new law will require pharmaceutical companies to bear the financial responsibility of properly disposing of unused or unwanted medications.
Legislator Burke said “Billion dollar companies are amassing huge profits while cash strapped municipalities are burdened with cleaning up the mess they leave behind. We’re not going to allow that to happen anymore.”
The Supreme Court recently declared the constitutionality of a similar local law which was passed in Alameda County, California. This local law also requires pharmaceutical companies to pay for the safe disposal of medications instead of placing the burden onto its citizens. Legislator Burke is standing up to the pharmaceutical industry and demanding that they take responsibility for the harmful effects of their products.
“Government exists to serve the people’s interests, not to serve the wealthy and powerful. The courts have spoken and Erie County is within its rights to demand that the pharmaceutical industry clean up after themselves and prevent their products from unnecessarily contaminating our environment."