|FDA Warns Public About Stolen Advair Diskus Inhalers
On August 2, two lots of Advair Diskus(R) (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) medication were stolen from GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) distribution facility near Richmond, Virginia. It is important to note that these lots were awaiting distribution to retail pharmacies at the time of the theft and were not yet part of the legitimate pharmaceutical supply chain. GSK has alerted its distributors and customers of the stolen lots.
Inhalers from these lots should not be dispensed, sold, or used. The lot numbers and quantities are:
- Lot 9ZP2255 - NDC 0173-0696-00, Advair Diskus 250/50, 60 Dose (14,400 inhalers)
- Lot 9ZP3325 - NDC 0173-0697-00, Advair Diskus 500/50, 60 Dose (11,200 inhalers)
Medicine in the stolen lots could represent a health risk because it has been removed from the legitimate supply chain and the storage conditions under which the stolen products were held are unknown. Patients who have inhalers with these lot numbers should return them to the pharmacy where they were dispensed.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident, has received suspicious or unsolicited offers for the Advair Diskus lots in question, or has received product from these lots is encouraged to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations at 800-551-3989 or http://www.fda.gov/OCI