Pharmaceutical-Based Cargo Security and Theft Prevention

August 27, 2012
Angie Drakulich

Angie Drakulich was editorial director of Pharmaceutical Technology.

Cargo theft, for many years, was a problem that largely plagued the electronics industry, but criminals have recently shifted more attention to the far more lucrative pharmaceutical trade.

Cargo theft, for many years, was a problem that largely plagued the electronics industry, but criminals have recently shifted more attention to the far more lucrative pharmaceutical trade. In March 2010, thieves masterminded a heist of $75 million worth of cancer, psychiatric and blood-thinning drugs from a Connecticut warehouse by cutting a hole in the ceiling and dismantling alarms during a severe storm that masked their activities from the local authorities. To curb future cargo theft, it is imperative that pharmaceutical companies develop solid, globally applicable conveyance security programs.

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