Today the House will consider H.R. 4223, the Safe Doses Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), chair of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The Safe Doses Act will fight medical cargo theft and protect patients from using stolen and mishandled medical products that are resold into the market.
Current federal criminal laws do not distinguish between stealing a load of insulin or a truck full of tires. However, the potential harm is much greater when medical products are involved. That load of insulin could be repackaged with counterfeit packaging, stored improperly and sold after its expiration date, putting individuals at risk for injury or death.
"Medical theft is not only a source of money for organized crime rings, it puts stolen medical products back into the supply chain where patients unknowingly use them," Sensenbrenner said. "Patients rely on life-saving drugs and medical products every day, but mishandled and stolen drugs are finding their way back onto our shelves. We need to act now to show we are serious about stopping medical theft from endangering more lives."