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Group lauds tougher penalties for theft of medical products
Modern Healthcare

Tougher penalties for stealing medical products contained in a recently signed law should reduce theft and improve patient safety, according to an industry group. The bipartisan Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organization Stealing and Enhance Safety Act of 2011, which President Barack Obama signed last week, established first-time federal criminal and civil penalties—including up to 30 years in jail—for stealing and re-introducing diverted products into the healthcare system.