Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition: Perrigo Cargo Theft in Texas

The Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC) issued an alert on a recent cargo theft of an entire shipment from the private label-over the counter generic drug company, Perrigo, near Dallas, Texas.

The theft included the entire shipment which was valued at approximately $400,000. The incident occurred while the cargo was en route from Perrigo’s Michigan distribution center to a San Marcos, Texas warehouse operated by HE Butt Grocery Company.

The shipment included generic over the counter products of minoxidil, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, nutritional supplements and vitamins.

This particular incident, based on stolen consumer healthcare products, energizes the need for routine material screening of products within the supply chain, from manufacturing to dispensing, to properly protect consumers from theft, fraud, adulteration, contamination and counterfeiting.

The criminals will likely attempt to sell and re-introduce this product back into the legitimate supply chain via gray marketeers. The danger to the consumer revolves around the product being outside the legitimate chain of custody and the criminals ability to adulterate, counterfeit or otherwise impact the product so that it is unsafe for consumption.

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1 comment:

Thomas said...

This issue compels us to be more vigilant in terms of pharmaceutical warehousing to ensure utmost security for this industry.

If this aspect is neglected, a loss will result and the company will be adversely affected.