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  August 30, 2011  
  PCSC Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Intelligence  

***PCSC Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Intelligence***


PCSC Alert 2011-60


To All,

1.       A PCSC member lost an FTL shipment of consumer goods in Clayton, Indiana Sunday August 28th. The driver stopped at TA truckstop in Clayton off of I-70 at about 1:30 PM. He locked the truck up, went to shower and came out about 3:15 pm. When he did the truck and trailer were gone. The last GPS report, received at 2:38 PM, showed the truck of I-70, southwest of Stilesville, Indiana. A list of the products taken should follow in a subsequent alert.

TRUCK: 2009 White Freightliner, Oklahoma  Tag # 2Mi319, Truck number #67344 w/”FFE” logo on faring only, not on the doors. On the doors it reads “Leased FFE Transportation”

TRAILER: 2003 White trailer Oklahoma Tag # 6316GH Truck number # 123188 w/”FFE” logo on the sides.  


Hendricks County Sheriff’s department

Deputy Evan love

Case# 11-2471



2.       A pharmaceutical last mile courier driver was robbed at gunpoint Friday, August 26th, in the "New Chinatown" area of West Houston. The female driver had just returned to the Sterling Pharmacy in the 9700 block of Bellaire when a male perpetrator ambushed her. He threatened her with a gun and demanded the keys to the van.  The grey colored Chevrolet van was unmarked. List of products unknown at this time. HPD Robbery Division  713 308-0700.


3.       August 26th, MSNBC NewsHalf of hospitals buy “back-door” drugs. Amid growing reports of price-gouging for life-saving drugs, 52 percent of hospital purchasing agents and pharmacists reported they have bought drugs from so-called "gray market" vendors during the previous 2 years, according to a just-released survey of 549 hospitals by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an advocacy group. Gray-market suppliers are those that operate outside official channels, often buying drugs from uncertain sources and reselling them at a steep profit. A report issued the week of August 15 by one hospital association found their average mark-up was 650 percent. Pressures from demanding doctors and desperate patients helped fuel the transactions, making hospital staffers feel like they had no choice but to buy drugs in short supply at steep prices. More than half of respondents to the ISMP survey, some 56 percent, said they were bombarded daily with solicitations from up to 10 gray market vendors, with requests coming by phone, e-mail and fax. About a third of respondents from critical access and community hospitals who had purchased drugs from gray-market sources said they paid at least 10 times the contract price for the medications. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44280296/ns/healthhealth_


4.       August 24th, Associated PressGoogle settles pharmacy ad probe for $500 million. Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a U.S. government investigation into the distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription drugs to American consumers. The settlement means Google will not face criminal prosecution for accusations that it improperly profited from ads promoting Canadian pharmacies that illegally imported drugs into the United States, a Rhode Island U.S. Attorney said. It is the first time an Internet search engine is being held responsible for the illegal distribution of drugs. The figure represents the gross revenues Google collected in ad buys from hundreds of Canadian pharmacies, plus the earnings generated from the illegal drug sales to American consumers from 2003 to 2009, federal investigators said. Google said in a statement that it should not have allowed Canadian pharmacies to market prescription drugs to American consumers. Federal officials said Google knew as early as 2003 that its ad system was allowing Canadian pharmacies to make illegal sales. The transactions included selling prescription drugs without valid prescriptions from a licensed medical practitioner at a premium. Source: http://news.yahoo.com/google-settles-pharmacy-ad-probe-500-million- 145045978.html


5.       The Transportation Security Administration is soon hoping to offer buyouts to about 3,000 administrative workers, one of dozens of federal agencies aiming to trim the payroll amid a budget crunch. TSA is seeking authority from the Office of Personnel Management to offer buyouts to about 3,000 administrative and managerial workers based at its Northern Virginia headquarters and at regional offices nationwide, the agency said late Thursday. The agency has offered voluntary early retirements to workers since December 2004 — about a year after the agency first opened. Federal agencies must get authorization from OPM to offer buyouts and must seek reauthorization every two years. “As part of TSA’s ongoing efforts to ensure staffing efficiency, TSA requested a new authority to be able to continue to utilize early retirement as needed through 2013,” the agency said in a statement


6.       London (AP) British health authorities have issued a warning after packages of an over-the-counter painkiller were found to contain antipsychotic drugs. The medicines regulator says some batches of Nurofen Plus contain blister packs of Seroquel XL, a prescription-only drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Nurofen's manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, says there have been three cases identified so far, all in south London. It says "serious investigations" are under way to establish how the mix-up occurred, but sabotage is considered unlikely. Pharmacists have been advised to check before selling packs of Nurofen Plus, a painkiller that contains codeine. Seroquel is manufactured by a different drug company, AstraZeneca PLC.


Chuck Forsaith | Director, Supply Chain Security | Purdue Pharma Technologies Inc.

                                  Chairman, Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition PCSC                              

498 Washington Street | Coventry, RI 02816 | Office: 401-262-9226 | Cell: 401-623-1344

Charles.Forsaith@pharma.com   www.pcscpharma.com


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