NCPA, Purdue Pharma L.P. Continue to Fight Pharmacy Crime


Pharmacists are Encouraged to REACT During 4th Annual "Protect Your Pharmacy Week"

Alexandria, Va. - April 18, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Purdue Pharma L.P. (creator of RxPATROL®), and their partners recognize April 18-22 as the fourth annual "Protect Your Pharmacy Week." The week is a reflection of the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative begun in 2008 by the partnering organizations to encourage pharmacists to protect their stores, staff, and patients against pharmacy crimes, including prescription drug robbery and thefts.

This year introduces a new theme as NCPA and its partners encourage pharmacists to make a plan to REACT. The acronym REACT represents some highly recommended tips from RxPATROL for community pharmacists to remember in the case of a crime against a pharmacy:

Remain Calm

  • Comply with suspect
  • Do not resist
  • End encounter as soon as possible

Eye Witness

  • Make a mental note of suspect description

Activate Alarm

  • Activate robbery alarm as soon as it is safe to do so
  • Lock doors after suspect(s) exit

Call Police

  • Notify police as soon as possible
  • Provide brief description of suspect and mode and direction of travel
  • Provide additional details as necessary

Take Charge

  • Protect the crime scene
  • Keep customers calm
  • Avoid witness collaboration
  • Assist police with investigation

"NCPA and its partners developed the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative in 2008 to help pharmacy owners proactively prepare to keep pharmacies a place of safe and effective health care," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA President and Waterloo, Iowa pharmacy owner. "We are proud to continue the program with additional tools and resources to help pharmacists effectively REACT in the case of a crime against their stores."

As recent articles in The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Bradenton (Florida) Herald illustrate, crime against pharmacy is a continuing problem. NCPA members can go to the NCPA website to learn more about this program and access information and discounts on security equipment, safes, alarms and other resources to help improve pharmacy safety and security.

This year, new benefits to NCPA members include:

  • New security height decals for the pharmacy doorway featuring REACT reminder above to help pharmacists, staff and patients be better witnesses
  • Discounts and free shipping on the line of narcotics dispensers, safes, and cabinets from Pharmasafe
  • A volunteer opportunity to be featured in the 2012 Protect Your Pharmacy Now!/RxPATROL Pharmacy Safety and Security Video to highlight real-life examples, tips and suggestions to help pharmacy owners prepare to improve the safety and security of their stores.

In addition, NCPA members can receive free ceiling mobiles to draw attention to security cameras in their store, links to 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.

"Purdue Pharma is a proud partner with the National Community Pharmacist Association in providing to their members the RxPATROL® security height decals featuring the REACT reminder above to help pharmacists, staff and patients be better witnesses in the event of a robbery," 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.

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 Pharma 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 the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% 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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