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In what could be a big win for the pharmaceutical industry, legislation is close to being signed into law in New York State that would absolve drug makers from paying for so-called drug take-back programs.

Identical bills recently passed the state Senate and Assembly that would, instead, require chain pharmacies to cover the costs, a move that bucks a growing trend on the West Coast, where drug makers have increasingly been forced by local governments to pay for these programs.

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