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Pharmacy Robbery in New York: Disturbing News

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
What in the world is happening?

Pharmacy robberies have been around as long as I have been in the profession. Pharmacists have been killed in robberies, too. But somehow it seems to me that the problem is more in the news recently. See the news report of the recent killing of 4 innocent people in New York, including a pharmacist and his high school assistant.

On Wednesday, David Leffer and Melinda Brady of Medford, Long Island were brought in for questioning by the Suffolk County Police, according to the NY Daily News.

Does this horrific event suggest that the problem of pharmacy robberies is increasing nationwide—or is there just more media reporting and instant news via the Internet? I once thought that putting in bulletproof glass to protect the pharmacist was overkill. But seeing how some individuals try to get access to controlled substances suggests to me that finding new ways to protect pharmacist employees makes sense.

Being sensitive to this practice reality cannot be ignored. This recent event in Long Island has many in the profession thinking about their safety and the nationwide oxycontin drug abuse problem. (Also see Cmdr John Burke’s column on this topic.)

How do you approach the possibility of robbery in your job? I think it is time to start a discussion now.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
Blog Description
This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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