ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 18, 2012) – Representative Peter King (R-NY) yesterday submitted a statement for the Congressional Record in support of the fifth annual Protect Your Pharmacy Week by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).
The statement read:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the fifth annual Protect Your Pharmacy Now! Week. With pharmacy crime on the rise, it is important to acknowledge this problem and reflect on ways to improve safety measures.
The Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative offers resources to help pharmacies protect themselves and deter criminal activity. I applaud the National Community Pharmacists Association for making these resources available and for engaging and educating local pharmacies on this important issue.
As we have seen most recently with the tragic incident in my district, it is essential to protect pharmacies and the general public from these dangerous situations. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eradicating these crimes, I am committed to working with pharmacies, law enforcement and my colleagues to address and eradicate this growing problem."
In response to Congressman King's statement, NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, said, "We thank Congressman King for his recognition of the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative, Protect Your Pharmacy Week and NCPA's efforts to help pharmacists improve safety and security to fight pharmacy crime."
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Purdue Pharma L.P. (creator of RxPATROL®), and their partners recognize April 16-20 as the fifth 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.
Representative King is Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and also serves on the Financial Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His district was most recently affected by the pharmacy robbery on New Year's Eve in Seaford, N.Y., resulting in the death of off duty-federal agent, John Capano.
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. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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