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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Stolen Inhalers Hit Supply Chain

Published July 20, 2010 7:54 AM by Mike Bederka

Be on the lookout for stolen Advair Diskus inhalers that have hit the supply chain. More than 25,000 inhalers were pinched in August 2009 from drug maker GlaxoSmithKline's distribution center near Richmond, Va.

The stolen medicine may pose a health risk, the FDA warned. The inhalers may have been stored at improper temperatures or humidity levels -- or they might have been contaminated or lost potency.

Anyone who uses or prescribes the Advair Diskus inhaler should check the label for the following lot numbers:

  • Lot 9ZP2255 - NDC 0173-0696-00, Advair Diskus 250/50, 60 Dose
  • Lot 9ZP3325 - NDC 0173-0697-00, Advair Diskus 500/50, 60 Dose

Patients who have inhalers with matching lot numbers should discontinue use and call GlaxoSmithKline's Customer Response Center at (888) 825-5249. The FDA also is asking the public to report suspicious or unsolicited offers for the Advair Diskus lots in question by contacting the agency's Office of Criminal Investigations at (800) 551-3989.

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