Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association Join Forces to Help Prevent Pharmacy Robbery

New “RxPATROL® Pharmacy Safety and Security” video premiers at NCPA’s Annual Convention and on www.RxPATROL.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (October 10, 2011) – Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) debut the third annual “RxPATROL® Pharmacy Safety and Security” video at NCPA’s Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Nashville and on www.RxPATROL.com. Purdue Pharma and NCPA created this free tool to help educate pharmacists and pharmacy staff about preventing pharmacy crime as part of NCPA’s Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative, begun in 2008.

Community pharmacist Deborah Dapore, an NCPA member, and Purdue’s Director of Law Enforcement Liaison and Education, Rick Zenuch, discuss pharmacy robbery and how to prevent it. They tour Plantation Pharmacy in Charleston, South Carolina, evaluating security measures and discussing additional steps that can be taken to prevent robbery. The goal is to help pharmacists make their stores a harder target for thieves and to educate them on how they can assist law enforcement in the event of a robbery. This year’s video is dedicated to the memory of our pharmacy colleagues who lost their lives in tragic pharmacy robberies.

“Pharmacy crime affects our customers, our staff, and our businesses” said NCPA President Robert Greenwood, RPh. “As communities across the country experience robberies and burglaries, NCPA is pleased to continue our Protect Your Pharmacy Now! partnership with Purdue’s RxPATROL program to help our members prevent pharmacy crime.”

Created in May 2003, RxPATROL is the only program specifically tracking pharmacy crime. Using visual and other evidence gathered by RxPATROL, the web-based program issues alerts to pharmacies and law enforcement are alerted to crimes that have occurred in their area and trends in criminal activity. More than 3,500 drug diversion investigators receive daily RxPATROL pharmacy crime alerts and more than 4,200 law enforcement officers have utilized the database. Pharmacy staff, law enforcement officials and loss prevention personnel can follow updates about pharmacy robberies, burglaries and potential threats in their area and nationwide on RxPATROL’s Twitter page, www.twitter.com/rxpatrol.

“Purdue encourages pharmacists and pharmacy staff to register with RxPATROL,” said Zenuch. “The more pharmacists and law enforcement use the RxPATROL system the more effective the system will be in helping combat pharmacy crime.”

RxPATROL® partners 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 nearly 100 arrests since the program’s inception. More information about the program can be found at www.RxPATROL.com.

In addition to RxPATROL®, Purdue provides law enforcement and healthcare providers with training and educational materials to help them combat prescription drug abuse and pharmacy crime. The LELE team is comprised of seasoned former law enforcement professionals who are knowledgeable about prescription drug-related crime and healthcare fraud issues. Visit www.RxSafetyMatters.orgto learn more about Purdue’s efforts to combat prescription medicine abuse.

Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on 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 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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Contact:
Libby Holman
Purdue Pharma
(203) 588-7681

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