Preventing Cargo and Warehouse Theft

Cargo and warehouse theft of FDA-regulated products, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vaccines, medical devices, and infant formula, poses a significant public health risk. That’s why the Drug Information Association (DIA)and FDA will host “Best Practices for the Prevention of Cargo and Warehouse Theft of FDA Regulated Medical Products and Infant Formula” on May 13 in Rockville, MD.

This conference will cover best practices for reducing the number of cargo thefts by enhancing storage and in-transit security practices and providing a prompt and effective response when a cargo theft does occur. Session topics include:

• Responding to Cargo Thefts: An FDA/OCI Perspective
• Protecting Pharmaceutical Goods in Storage and In-Transit: Trends Identified in Theft Activity 2008–2011
• Security Requirements/Regulations Impacting the Trucking Industry
• Cargo Theft Incident Response
• Partnering to Secure the Supply Chain
• Supply Chain Security Vulnerabilities for Infant Formula
• Best Practices for the Prevention of Cargo and Warehouse Theft

“Patients have experienced adverse reactions as a result of ingesting stolen drugs, reactions most likely due to improper storage and handling,” says Ilisa Bernstein, deputy director, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER), FDA. “Firms engaged in providing medical products and infant formula to the public need to be prepared to respond effectively when a cargo theft has occurred and have a plan in place to quickly assess the type and amount of product stolen and the potential public health risk presented by the stolen product.”

For more information contact Joanne Wallace, Program Manager, at 215-442-6180 or email [email protected].

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