President Signs Sensenbrenner Legislation to Fight Medical Theft
Today, President Obama signed into law the Safe Doses Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to fight medical theft and protect patients from unknowingly using stolen and mishandled drugs.
“Before, federal law did nothing to distinguish between stealing a load of insulin or a truck full of tires," Sensenbrenner said. "Now, with the Safe Doses Act, we have given our law enforcement the tools they need to find and prosecute those who endanger countless lives through drug theft.”
“Drug theft is a serious threat to the public and its prevalence is only spreading. Patients rely on life-saving drugs and medical devices. That trust is broken when stolen and mishandled medical products are resold back into the market. This law is a positive, bipartisan step to fighting medical theft by addressing every step in the supply chain. I am happy the President signed this bill into law to protect patients from stolen and mishandled medical products.”
H.R. 4223, the Safe Doses Act:
This legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the Senate voted to pass it on September 22, 2012. The House passed the legislation on June 26, 2012.