[ Text of section added by 2016, 52, Sec. 31 as amended by 2016, 351, Sec. 5 effective January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2021. Repealed by 2016, 52, Sec. 55 as amended by 2016, 351, Sec. 6. See 2016, 52, Secs. 76 and 77.]

  Section 6. The department shall, in consultation with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and other interested parties, develop an alternative plan to the drug stewardship program established under sections 2 to 5, inclusive. A manufacturer who opts into a plan established under this section shall be exempt from sections 2 to 5, inclusive.

  A plan established under this section may permit contributions by manufacturers to the Substance Abuse Services Fund established in section 2I of chapter 111, in a manner determined by the department. A manufacturer participating in a plan established under this section shall not pass the cost of any contribution on to the consumer or a health insurance carrier.