Thieves target pharmacies, not trucks, in Mexico

Pharmaceutical cargo theft has yet to become an issue in Mexico but that doesn't mean prescription drugs are not being stolen. Instead the security specialists at FreightWatch identified rising pharmacy crime as a trend in their recent Mexico cargo theft report. Criminals hit two-thirds of the country's 3,000 registered pharmacies in the 15 months beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Sometimes they were hit by robberies or burglaries but also by kidnappings and extortion. There were 180 employees kidnapped during that time and 10 of those have not been found. Most of the drugs taken in these crimes are sold on the black market or even sold back to pharmacies that get them for less than they would pay a supplier, FreightWatch says. This puts consumers at risk since the drugs probably were not stored properly. Report (reg. req.) | More

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