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Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association Join Forces to Help Prevent Pharmacy Burglary
Date:10/25/2010

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) debut the second annual "RxPATROL® Pharmacy Safety and Security" video at NCPA's Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Philadelphia and on www.RxPATROL.org. Purdue Pharma and NCPA partnered to create 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.

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Community pharmacist Jim Fields, an NCPA member and Purdue's Director of Law Enforcement Liaison and Education, Rick Zenuch, discuss pharmacy burglary theft and how to prevent it. They tour Fields' pharmacy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, evaluating his security measures and discussing additional steps that can be taken to prevent burglary. The goal is to help pharmacists make their stores a harder target for thieves and educate them on how they can assist law enforcement in the event of a burglary.

"Pharmacy crime affects our customers, our staff, and our businesses" said NCPA President Joseph Harmison, 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, 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 1,200 law enforcement officers have utilized the database.  Pharmacy staff, law enforcement offici
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