Alexandria, Va. - April 21, 2010
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), FBI LEEDA (Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Association), and Purdue Pharma L.P. recognize April 19-23 as the third annual "Protect Your Pharmacy Week." The week is an annual reflection of the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative begun in 2008 by the partnering organizations to encourage pharmacists to protect their stores and staff against pharmacy crime, including prescription drug robbery and thefts. During the week, the partners will introduce new benefits as part of the “Protect Your Pharmacy Now! toolkit", a free resource for NCPA members. This year, NCPA members can request free ceiling mobiles to draw attention to security cameras in their stores, which could help discourage pharmacy crime. The mobiles remind consumers about the importance of safely storing their medication and are provided by Purdue Pharma as part of the company's efforts to be part of the solution to prescription drug abuse and diversion. In addition, NCPA members can receive discounts on products from Hamilton Safe, an Ohio-based manufacturer of security and drive-up equipment. The "Protect Your Pharmacy Now!" toolkit also offers RxPATROL® training videos on pharmacy crime, discounts on closed-circuit TV cameras, recorders, and surveillance equipment, and safety and security tips from law enforcement professionals. A recent story on CBS News, citing statistics from RxPATROL®, a national database of pharmacy crime created by Purdue Pharma, reported a 31 percent increase in pharmacy robberies over the past year. Many experts believe that crime has increased across a variety of industries, including pharmacy, given the down economy. “Crimes against pharmacies are a sad fact of life in cities, suburbs and rural areas," said Joseph H. Harmison, NCPA President and Arlington, Texas pharmacy owner. “But there is much that can be done to make them more secure and to better protect pharmacists, staff and patients. NCPA and its partners have come up with some practical solutions and continue to look for more so that pharmacies remain a place of safe and effective health care." “Purdue Pharma is a proud partner with the National Community Pharmacists Association in providing RxPATROL® security mobiles to their members," said Rick Zenuch, Director of Purdue's Law Enforcement Liaison and Education program. “Through RxPATROL®, Purdue is helping law enforcement solve crimes and helping pharmacy owners protect their businesses and customers." Purdue Pharma created RxPATROL®, a national database that tracks, analyzes and provides information on pharmacy crime to law enforcement and pharmacies through RxPATROL®, Purdue is partnering with Crime Stoppers and other community anti-crime programs to offer rewards for information leading to arrests for pharmacy crime. Tips can be made anonymously and have led to more than 100 arrests since the program's inception. More information about the program can be found at www.rxpatrol.org. FBI LEEDA is an FBI Executive Training Program for national and international law enforcement executives who transmit RxPATROL® alerts on a daily basis to FBI LEEDA members across the United States. Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at www.purduepharma.com. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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