Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today applauded the House Judiciary Committee for voting to approve legislation she introduced that would help law enforcement crack down on counterfeit medications. The "Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act of 2011" (H.R. 3668), which Congresswoman Sánchez introduced with Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA), would increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs.
The House Judiciary Committee today also approved the "Safe Doses Act" (H.R. 4223), co-sponsored by Congresswoman Sánchez, which would raise penalties for pharmaceutical theft. Together, both bills would help guarantee the authenticity of prescription medications, making them safer for patients.
"Americans should never have to worry about the medications they take," said Congresswoman Sánchez. "This legislation will help protect seniors and children who are uniquely vulnerable to counterfeit medicines. As a parent, I want peace of mind that any medication that my family takes is safe and authentic. Counterfeit drug enterprises should be held accountable for jeopardizing the public's safety."
Having been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, both bills now advance to the full House of Representatives for consideration.