Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SafeMeds Alert: FDA Warns Healthcare Professionals and Public About Stolen Asthma Drug

Nearly 36,000 Cartons of Dey Brand Generic Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution Stolen in Texas

SafeMed via their on-line and email alert system is sending out information on the FDA alert to patients and healthcare professionals regarding a cargo theft of 35,760 cartons of Dey brand generic Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution that occurred on approximately August 5, 2009.

On August 7, 2009, it was reported that in McKinney, Texas, a tractor-trailer containing a 35,760-carton shipment of an asthma drug belonging to the RiteDose Corporation was stolen. The product in question is Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution 0.083%. The NDC number is 49502-697-29. Each carton displays the brand name "DEY" and contains thirty 3ml single-dose vials. The lot numbers of the stolen product were "9G01" and "9FE2." These two lot numbers were not commercialized prior to the theft. All the product units in these lots were stolen. The product could represent a health risk because the required temperature-controlled supply chain may have been broken.

If you receive any offers for these stolen drug products or think that you may have been sold the stolen drug products referenced in this notice, FDA is asking your help in reporting this information to FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) by calling 800-551-3989 or by visiting the OCI Web site, http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/CriminalInvestigations/ucm123025.htm.

To learn more about SafeMed Alerts, go online at www.safemeds.org.

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