PTCB urges pharmacy technicians to be prepared for pharmacy crime

Armed robberies of pharmacies increased 81% from 2006-2010

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy techs can be leaders in keeping their workplaces prepared for the possibility of pharmacy crime, a tech-training organization said.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is promoting RxPatrol, an online resources that features pharmacy security tools, as a tool for pharmacy crime preparedness. These include the "REACT" crisis procedure, whose name stands for "Remain calm; be an Eyewitness; activate Alarm; Call police and Take charge after the robbery."

"Considering the prominent positions of pharmacy technicians on the front lines of pharmacies, PTCB recognizes the critical importance of preparation and training for the possible incident of a robbery," PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister said. "Communication and collaboration among pharmacists and technicians are the keys to maintaining safety in the pharmacy."

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, armed robberies at pharmacies rose by 81% between 2006 and 2010, with the number of pills stolen increasing from 706,000 to 1.3 million during the same period. Pharmacies are often a target for criminals looking to steal pills they can sell on the black market, including medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and opioid painkillers.


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