The list of routine precautions and countermeasures against pharmaceutical cargo theft is growing. As we reported earlier, higher-cost drugs have become the targets of more sophisticated, better organized thieves. However, online monitoring services, the use of marked rather than plain white trucks to aid law enforcement, and the use of full fuel tanks with a no-stops requirement for the first 200 miles all are being used to thwart these would-be thieves, reports Pharmaceutical Commerce magazine.
Security seals and two-driver teams have proven effective, as have dedicated truck loads and, of course, background checks on drivers and reviews of the background checking processes of carriers, according to the article.
Some carriers specialize in pharma anti-theft strategies, and the topic is becoming the business of consultancies. At least one carrier has devised a dedicated system of secured trucking, including secured trucking centers at 25 locations around the country. Trucking proceeds from secured center to secured center and then on to the final destination.
- see the Pharmaceutical Commerce article