RxPATROL™ (Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies and Other Losses) now includes loss of over-the-counter (OTC) and related products from drugstores.
Launched in June 2003, this information clearinghouse was originally designed to collect, analyze, and share information on pharmacy robberies, burglaries, and theft of prescription medications. The system is intended to guard against potential theft and to aid authorities in apprehending and prosecuting pharmacy thieves.
Shoplifting is the most common criminal activity reported by pharmacies. The most common products stolen include glucose test strips, home pregnancy tests, contraceptives, and products containing pseudoephedrine, used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.