Tractor-trailer of asthma medication stolen in Florida; see lot numbers

Third incident of stolen asthma inhalers in two months stems from a truck theft on September 8, 2009 in Florida.

Products stolen: Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution and Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution Lot numbers: 9G04, 9FD8, 9FD9, 9FE1 and F09089, C09119, C09120
Countries known affected: United States Investigating agency contact: FDA Office of Criminal Investigations at 1-800-551-3989 or Dey’s Customer Response Center at 800-527-4278
Additional FDA information: FDA Consumer Warning Posted on/updated: September 18 2009

Third incident of stolen asthma inhalers in two months 

FDA is alerting you to a pharmaceutical theft of Albuterol Sulfate
Inhalation Solution, 0.083%, unit-dose vials and Ipratropium Bromide
Inhalation Solution, 0.02%, manufactured by DEY L.P., a subsidiary of
Mylan Inc.  The drugs were on a tractor-trailer that was stolen on
September 8, 2009, in the state of Florida.

In the weeks prior to the truck theft, some portion of each
lot had been sold by Dey to its customers and successfully entered the
legitimate pharmaceutical supply chain. Because the stolen product may
have been stored or handled improperly, Dey is requesting that any
product with the affected lot numbers be isolated and not be dispensed,
sold or used. Dey has alerted its distributors and customers.

The FDA and the Partnership for Safe Medicines are committed to
protecting the public from receiving stolen drug products that may not
have been stored and handled properly and may be dangerous for patients
to use.

If you receive any suspicious or unsolicited offers
for these stolen drug products after the date of the theft or think
that you may have been sold the stolen drug products referenced in this
notice, FDA is asking your help in reporting this information to FDA’s
Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) by calling 800-551-3989 or by
visiting the OCI web site (  Patient or customer inquiries for the company should be directed to Dey Customer Service at 1.800.527.4278.

We would also like to remind you of the SafeMeds Alert that we shared with you last month about additional lots of Dey Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083% unit dose vials (lot numbers 9FE2 and 9G01) that were stolen on August 6, 2009, and Advair Diskus(R) – Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol Inhalation Powder (lot
numbers 9ZP2255 and 9ZP3325) that was stolen on August 2, 2009 from the
manufacturer’s distribution facility in Virginia.  Please also check
your stock for these lots and remove them from distribution as well.