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FDA Alert
August 10, 2009
FDA Warns Healthcare Professionals and Public About Stolen Asthma Drug 
Nearly 36,000 cartons of Dey brand generic albuterol sulfate inhalation solution stolen in Texas

FDA is alerting patients and healthcare professionals to a cargo theft of 35,760 cartons of Dey brand generic Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution that occurred on approximately August 5, 2009. 
On August 7, 2009, it was reported that in McKinney, Texas,  a tractor-trailer containing a 35,760-carton shipment of an asthma drug belonging to the RiteDose Corporation was stolen.  The product in question is Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution 0.083%.  The NDC number is 49502-697-29.  Each carton displays the brand name "DEY" and contains thirty 3ml single-dose vials.  The lot numbers of the stolen product were "9G01" and "9FE2."  These two lot numbers were not commercialized prior to the theft.   All the product units in these lots were stolen.   The product could represent a health risk because the required temperature-controlled supply chain may have been broken. 
If you receive any offers for these stolen drug products 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,

If you have any information about this case you should contact Officer Rutledge of the McKinney Texas Police Department (Tel. 972-658-4234,, mentioning incident number 094587309C. 

 Picture of Stolen Albuterol 30 Count Carton
0.083% Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution
Each carton contains 30- 3 ml single unit-dose vials
NDC number- 49502-697-29
Lot numbers 9G01 and 9FE2


Report Offers for Stolen Drugs
FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
Tips/Case Information
Officer Rutledge,
McKinney Texas Police Dept.
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