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Glaxo: 25,000 asthma inhalers stolen

Posted August 24, 2009

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— GlaxoSmithKline announced Monday that two lots of Advair asthma medication were stolen Aug. 2 from the company's distribution warehouse near Richmond, Va.

Medicine in the stolen cartons could represent a health risk because it has been removed from the legitimate supply chain, and the storage conditions under which the stolen products were held are unknown, the company said.

Inhalers from these lots should not be dispensed, sold or used, the company said. The affected lot numbers are Lot 9ZP2255 - NDC 0173-0696-00, Advair Diskus 250/50, 60 Dose and Lot 9ZP3325 - NDC 0173-0697-00, Advair Diskus 500/50, 60 Dose.

Anyone with information about the theft, who has received suspicious or unsolicited offers for the Advair lots in question or who has received inhalers from these lots is asked to call the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations at  800-551-3989. Patient or customer inquiries for the company should be directed to GSK's Customer Response Center at 888-825-5249.


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  • See Chart Aug 25, 2009

    300 dollars each and all the ingredients most likely made in China......Who is the real thief here?lol.
    Were there any security cameras on and if not,why?
    Where is the rest of the story on this multi-million
    dollar theft?

  • brewmonkey Aug 25, 2009

    whew. someone's breathing easier today...

  • determined2win Aug 25, 2009


  • Snakebite Survivor Aug 25, 2009

    >The inhalers sale for about $300 each

    Yes, this is a 7 million dollar heist! Glaxo sells the things for $50 or less outside the US, which makes you wonder just who the real highway robbers are.

  • iron fist Aug 25, 2009

    The inhalers sale for about $300 each

  • hppyhourhero Aug 25, 2009

    No, there is nothing in the medicine that some can use to make an illegal substance.
    And Yes, there is a market for stolen prescritption medicines as well as counterfeit ones.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 24, 2009

    Simple question, for someone who knows. I find it difficult to believe someone would steal these and believe they can sell them and make a lot of money.

    Is there anything in this medicine that can be used for making crack, Meth, etc.? That would make more sense to me because the payout would be much larger.