Pharmacy Robberies and Burglaries on the Rise – Develop Emergency Policies & Procedures

Pharmacy Robberies and Burglaries on the Rise:

Pharmacies have always been a target for robberies and now, pharmacy robberies and burglaries on the rise. As Pharmacists ourselves we have realized that this is a possibility and a risk that everyone in our profession constantly faces. We may all do our best to put it out of our focus and concentrate on our day-to-day daily routines while at work. We sometimes think that although the possibility exists, this is something that happens frequently but not to us!

However many robberies and burglaries we hear about, sometimes there are particular ones that grab our attention. In Illinois last week there were two related robberies that can only be described as “bizarre”. In both cases the Pharmacy robberies involved a man and woman wielding hypodermic needles that they claimed were contaminated with HIV.

The initial robbery took place at a CVS Pharmacy in Niles, Illinois last Monday morning (11/14). The second case took place the following morning at a CVS store in Naperville, Illinois according to separate press releases issued by the police.

In the initial incident a man and woman entered the Niles pharmacy and stole OTC medications, concealing them inside backpacks. When a CVS employee approached them, the man threatened the employee with a syringe he claimed was contaminated with HIV. The suspects left the pharmacy and fled with about $600 worth of medications.

The next case occurred at the Naperville CVS Pharmacy. Once again a man and woman brandishing an HIV-contaminated syringe threatened store employees and stole numerous medications before fleeing.

Recently it seems that all the Pharmacy news we read is filled with an increase of stories regarding burglaries and robberies of Pharmacies. In the past month alone we all have seen almost daily reports of Pharmacy break-ins and burglaries. This dramatic increase of robbery and burglaries always seems to cycle come Holiday season!

Are you and your Pharmacy prepared to deal with situations like these? As I stated earlier, no-one thinks that these situations will happen to us or our Pharmacy businesses, but these are truly examples of the old cliche “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” being applicable. Do you have policies and procedures written for your business and employees to act on if such a crisis arises? Do you have inventory policies in place to help determine what was taken during a burglary? Do you have training in place to help your employees in these situations that will minimize your possible liabilities? If the answers are no, then contact HCC Pharmacy Staffing to see how we can help you.

Healthcare Consulting has been a full service Pharmacy staffing and consulting firm that has been in business for over 27 years. HCC has been helping Pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with such crisis situations since 1989. Just a few examples of our services include:

– Development of Policies and Procedures
– Employee Crisis Training
– Inventory Management
– Pharmacy Management Consultation

Although we all hope that we will never personally deal with such situations, I strongly urge you to be prepared. Contact us on line or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you.


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Pharmacy Robberies on the Rise – Develop Policies & Procedures

Rising Pharmacy Robberies:

Although recently the news has been filled with stories about criminals finally receiving long prison sentences resulting from arrests in pharmacy robberies, reports show that pharmacy robberies are actually on the rise. In 2014, 829 robberies of community retail pharmacies were reported (this includes both chain and independently owned drug stores). According to the latest report from the DEA, 2015 is on pace to set a new record for the number of pharmacy burglaries and robberies. This is alarming after the trend seemed to be a decrease (745 in 2012 down to 713 in 2013). The DEA report is also very alarming in that it reveals that in the first 5 months of 2015 there have already been 382 armed robberies of pharmacies reported. Keep in mind that the DEA statistics do not include theft by pharmacy employees, which obviously is another area of concern in our profession.

Also of interest is the breakdown released by the DEA of the top 20 states for pharmacy robberies so far in 2015:

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Many factors obviously contribute to the increase in pharmacy robberies, but the two most often cited are:

-An increased demand created by a growing prescription drug abuse and addiction problem.
-Economic return for prescription medications on the rise due to tighter controls and certain drugs being reclassified (such as Tramadol).

Experts all agree that there are two major areas for Pharmacists to concentrate on in preparing for potential robberies:

-Development of documented policies and procedures that ensure the safety of the pharmacist, staff and customers.
-Training of all employees on how to properly respond (and that training should be routinely ongoing and documented).

Are you and your pharmacy prepared to deal with robberies? Do you have policies and procedures written for your business and employees to act on if such a crisis arises? Do you have inventory policies in place to help determine what was taken during a burglary? Do you have training in place to help your employees in these situations that will minimize your possible liabilities? If the answers are no, then contact HCC Pharmacy Staffing to see how we can help you.

Healthcare Consulting has been a full service Pharmacy staffing and consulting firm that has been in business for over 25 years. HCC has been helping pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with such crisis situations since 1989. Just a few examples of our services include:

– Development of Policies and Procedures
– Employee Crisis Training
– Inventory Management
– Pharmacy Management Consultation

Although we all hope that we will never personally deal with such situations, I strongly urge you to be prepared. Contact us on line or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you.

Bob Miller
9/1/2015


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