Washington, DC— Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today applauded President Obama for signing the “Safe Doses Act” into law. Congresswoman Sánchez helped introduce this bipartisan legislation, which protects patients from using stolen or damaged medication and raises penalties for pharmaceutical theft.
“The American people deserve to know the medications they take are safe and authentic,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “Stolen and mishandled prescription drugs pose a grave threat to the public’s safety if they are resold back into the market. The Safe Doses Act gives our law enforcement officers the tools they need to go after criminals who steal medical products, as well as the criminals who knowingly sell these products back into the medical supply chain. We owe it to the American people to hold these criminals accountable for putting the public health at risk.”
Congresswoman Sánchez is an original co-sponsor of the “Safe Doses Act.” This is the second Sánchez-sponsored bill aimed at protecting the prescription medication supply chain to be signed into law this year.
This July, President Obama signed “The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act” (S. 3187) into law. Included in S. 3187 are all of the provisions from the “Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act of 2011” (H.R. 3668) introduced by Congresswoman Sánchez and Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA), which cracks down on counterfeit drug trafficking. After passing the House in June, H.R. 3668 was incorporated in “The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.”