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November 11, 2011

Twitter RxPATROL Program Provides New Way to Fight Pharmacy Crime

Twitter can help users fight against pharmacy crimes. According to a press release, Purdue Pharma L.P. offers another tool to fight pharmacy crime through

 According to a press release, pharmacy staff, law enforcement officials and loss prevention personnel can now follow updates about pharmacy robberies, burglaries and potential threats in their area and nationwide through Twitter.

The tweets provide safety and security tips for pharmacy staff that may help them better protect customers and their businesses. Followers also receive notices for reward offers that are funded through Purdue's partnership with CrimeStoppers and other local anti-crime organizations.

"Pharmacy crime is a problem in many communities," said RxPATROL Program Analyst, Captain Richard Conklin. "RxPATROL is using new communication vehicles to help pharmacy staff and law enforcement fight pharmacy crime."

Conklin monitors daily pharmacy crime reports from police departments across the United States and posts important crime related information. RxPATROL on Twitter can offer followers with timely pharmacy crime information, allowing them access to information that is often not reported by the media.

The tweets offer crucial information on robberies and burglaries, including the exact location of the incident, description of the suspect and any pertinent information that could go to the capture of a suspect. All information is verified with local law enforcement before it is released. All tweets direct followers to the RxPATROL database for additional information, including pictures and video of suspects.

Purdue Pharma L.P. developed RxPATROL in 2003 as a collaborative effort between industry, pharmacists and law enforcement to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate information on pharmacy theft. 

Mandira Srivastava is a HealthTechZone contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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