This was an entire truckload, big loss here and insurance doesn’t cover this as I spent enough time in logistics to know the answer here when looking for insurance reimbursement. The usual is that everyone eats a third and shares the loss, so Walgreens, Alcon and the trucking company have this to deal with. I had a truckload of Toshiba products stolen years ago when still in that business and it was a mess and a lot of bad feelings as a result due to the cost. Things might be a little different now. Novartis just stated their eye care was boosting their results but this will take a big chunk out of next quarter’s results.
Would have been nice if bar codes were on the products so they could be easily identified when someone tried to scan one. It doesn’t appear that there are any heavy pain drugs in the mix as those seem to go at a premium these days but chances are the drugs are probably out of the country by now as these types of thieves usually are very sophisticated and the Cargo Cat enforcement folks are usually all over this and do a good job recovering when it is possible. If you want to read up on bar codes and how they can help identify stolen goods, check out the links below and try to figure out why nobody in the drug and device business has tried this yet. BD
Eli Lilly Pill Heist in Connecticut – Worth a Few Million on the Black Market And Should Have Been “Tagged” for Identification To Help Identify Reselling By the Thieves
How about a nice heat map that shows where the products are when scanned, pretty good huh? BD
Microsoft Tag Bar Codes–Who’s Been Scanning the Medical Quack–The Bing Heat Map Tells All And Could Help Find Stolen or Expired Drugs and Devices With This MethodologyYou can scan your Vodka, but not medicine!
Novartis subsidiary Alcon suffered a full trailer load (FTL) theft of various ophthalmic products, including Systane lubricating eyedrops and various pharmaceutical preparations, on July 18 in Florida, USA.
The shipment was being carried by HMD Trucking on behalf of National Consolidated Services, and was in transit from an NCS facility in Alsip, Illinois, to a Walgreens facility in Jupiter, Florida. The load was stolen in Wimauma, Florida, in the early hours of Monday morning.
The value of the shipment has not been disclosed. Prescription drugs included in the haul include antibiotics (ofloxacin, tobramycin, neomycin and trimethoprim sulfate/polymyxin), corticosteroids (dexamethasone and prednisolone), an anti-inflammatory (ketorolac) and various glaucoma treatments (brimonidine,atropine, pilocarpine and timolol).