H.R. 4223 (112th): SAFE DOSES Act

Mar 20, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 112-186.
James Sensenbrenner Jr.
Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
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Last Updated
Sep 25, 2012
5 pages
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Reported by Committee
Last Action: Mar 08, 2012


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 5, 2012.

Introduced Mar 20, 2012
Referred to Committee Mar 20, 2012
Reported by Committee Jun 06, 2012
Passed House Jun 26, 2012
Passed Senate Sep 22, 2012
Signed by the President Oct 05, 2012
Full Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit theft of medical products, and for other purposes.


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6 cosponsors (4R, 2D) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Library of Congress Summary

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10/5/2012--Public Law.
Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety Act of 2012 or the SAFE DOSES Act - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit, in or using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce:
(1) embezzling, stealing, obtaining by fraud or deception, or knowingly and unlawfully taking, carrying away, or concealing a medical product that has not yet been made available for retail purchase by a consumer (pre-retail medical product);
(2) knowingly and falsely making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting the labeling or documentation of such a product;
(3) knowingly possessing, transporting, or trafficking in a product involved in such a violation;
(4) buying or otherwise obtaining, or selling or distributing, with intent to defraud, such a product that has expired or been stolen; or
(5) attempting or conspiring to commit such a violation.
Makes such a violation an aggravated offense if: (1) the defendant is employed by, or is an agent of, an organization in the supply chain for the product; or (2) the violation involves the use of violence, force, a threat of violence or force, or the use of a deadly weapon, results in serious bodily injury or death, or is subsequent to a prior conviction for an offense under this Act.
Prescribes criminal and civil penalties for violations, including a civil penalty of up to the greater of 3 times the economic loss attributable to the violation or $1 million.
Provides for civil forfeiture for any property which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to such a violation.
Requires the penalties under this Act to apply for the following offenses involving a pre-retail medical product:
(1) interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises;
(2) engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity;
(3) breaking into or entering carrier facilities with intent to commit larceny; and
(4) the transportation, sale, or receipt of stolen property.
Directs the Attorney General to give increased priority to efforts to investigate and prosecute offenses involving pre-retail medical products.
Extends provisions authorizing wiretapping and requiring victim restitution to offenses relating to theft of a pre-retail medical product.
Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review and, if appropriate, amend the sentencing guidelines and policy statements applicable to offenses related to pre-retail medical product theft or robberies and burglaries involving controlled substances to reflect congressional intent that penalties are sufficient to deter and punish such offenses and to appropriately account for actual harm to the public.

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