NCPA, Purdue kick off 'Protect Your Pharmacy Week'

Encourage pharmacists to REACT with 2011 theme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma announced the start of “Protect Your Pharmacy Week” — a reflection of the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative that began in 2008 to encourage pharmacists to protect their stores, staff and patients against pharmacy crimes, including prescription drug robbery and thefts.

This year, NCPA and Purdue introduced a new theme encouraging pharmacists to make a plan to REACT. The acronym REACT — remain calm, eye witness, activate alarm, call police and take charge — represents some highly recommended tips for community pharmacists to remember in the case of a crime against a pharmacy.

“NCPA and its partners developed the Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative in 2008 to help pharmacy owners proactively prepare to keep pharmacies a place of safe and effective health care,” stated Robert Greenwood, NCPA president. “We are proud to continue the program with additional tools and resources to help pharmacists effectively REACT in the case of a crime against their stores.”

As part of the program this year, new benefits to NCPA members include:

  • New security height decals for the pharmacy doorway featuring a REACT reminder above to help pharmacists, staff and patients be better witnesses;

  • Discounts and free shipping on the line of narcotics dispensers, safes and cabinets from Pharmasafe; and

  • A volunteer opportunity to be featured in the 2012 Protect Your Pharmacy Now! "RxPatrol Pharmacy Safety and Security" video to highlight real-life examples, tips and suggestions to help pharmacy owners prepare to improve the safety and security of their stores.

In addition, NCPA members can receive free ceiling mobiles to draw attention to security cameras in their stores, links to RxPatrol training videos on pharmacy crime, discounts on closed-circuit TV cameras, recorders and surveillance equipment, and safety and security tips from law enforcement professionals.

Purdue Pharma created RxPatrol, a national database that tracks, analyzes and provides information on pharmacy crime to law enforcement and pharmacies. Purdue is partnering 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 more than 100 arrests since the program's inception. More information about the program can be found at RxPatrol.org.

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