Pfizer reports prescription drugs stolen

May 31, 2011

Several lots of azithromycin, Quinapril, and other drugs were stolen in mid-May from Pfizer and its Greenstone subsidiary when a company truck was en route to a CVS store.

Several lots of azithromycin, Quinapril, and other drugs were stolen in mid-May from Pfizer and its Greenstone subsidiary when a company truck was en route to a CVS store.

This is the latest in numerous prescription drug thefts from delivery trucks and warehouses over the last 2 years or more. Last spring, armed men hijacked a Sanofi-aventis truck in Puerto Rico and stole several lots of Ambien and other prescription drugs.

According to the SecuringPharma.com information service, Pfizer’s truck was en route from its facility in Memphis, Tenn., to a CVS store in Rhode Island. Nearly 400 cases of medicine valued at approximately $66,000 were stolen, according to an alert issued by the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Consortium.

The stolen drugs also included colestipol, eplerenone, sertraline and clindamycin. Pfizer and Greenstone are working with FDA, the Office of Criminal Investigations, and other law enforcement agencies to recover the products.

Rx-360, an International Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Consortium, has issued a new report on improving the security of pharmaceutical shipments. It can be viewed at http://www.rx-360.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=l5-cxXtx4p4%3D&tabid=209.