Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eli Lilly Loses $75M in Warehouse Burglary

In an update to a blog posted to Securing Pharma Chain Blog, more details are becoming public in the reported burglary of a drug warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut on early Sunday morning.

The warehouse, operated by Eli Lilly & Company, lost approximately $75 million dollars in prescription drugs after thieves scaled a wall onto the roof of the building and rappelled inside.

The thieves made off with enough drugs to fill at least one tractor trailer and apparently were loading pallets of product into waiting vehicles at the site's loading dock for over an hour.

The suspects disabled phone lines, back up security systems and access programs as they made their way into the building. Apparently they were aided in their efforts by a strong rainstorm, the leading edge of a nor’easter, which help conceal much of their activity.

The stolen drugs are described by a Lilly spokesperson as “a mixture of pharmaceutical products” including Prozac, Cymbalta and Zyprexa. No narcotics or pain medications were stored in this warehouse.

Federal authorities have been brought into the investigation to assist State and Local law enforcement.

The theft is being described as the work of a well planned, sophisticated and organized criminal group.

The issue of pharmaceutical theft energizes the need for material screening of products within the supply chain, from manufacturer to dispenser, to properly protect consumers everywhere.

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