Saturday, August 08, 2009

Pharmacist at a loss

From the Sudbury Star:
Pharmacist Jason Keeping is planning on having a minimal supply of OxyContin at his pharmacies after being hit twice by robbers in the last few months.

Keeping's staff at Hanmer Medical Pharmacy was still reeling Thursday from being held up at gunpoint the day before. Keeping's other operation, Lalonde Pharmacy in Capreol, was robbed May 5.

"It's just terrible," Keeping said. "I'm sure it's going to get worse. Every pharmacy seems to be at risk right now, especially smaller pharmacies."

Five pharmacies have been held up for OxyContin since early July in Greater Sudbury.

Aside from being a safety risk for Keeping and his staff, being robbed takes a financial toll. The pills are expensive and insurance doesn't cover everything. It also creates a mountain of work. ...more

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