Senators from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, and West Virginia proposed a new bill earlier this week that would enforce stricter punishments on pharmaceutical thieves.
The bill, which was introduced last Tuesday, “would formally criminalize the acts of storing, transporting or changing labels on stolen medical products” (http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2011/03/10/senate_bill_aims_to_combat_pharmaceutical_theft/).
The proposal would also help police track down thieves by providing them with additional tools such as wiretaps, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, an article on boston.com notes. You can compare this to a company like Road Scholar Transport who has the ability to trace and track all of our tractor trailers via satellite. It wouldn’t take long for Road Scholar to pinpoint exactly where our truck and your cargo are at any moment.
Don’t think it is necessary to pay more for a better quality carrier? You may rethink your answer. According to the site, $184 million worth the pharmaceuticals were stolen last year in the United States, with $75 million of the amount being stolen at one warehouse in Connecticut that was storing Eli Lilly drugs.
Where exactly did these drugs end up? You may have guessed that they would be dealed in alleys and on streets, in which you would be correct, but did you know that most of the time pharmaceuticals are resold to medical locations such as hospitals and pharmacies?
So you save a few dollars by shipping with a carrier that has a poor safety rating, high damage and loss rate, and little, if any, security features. You may see a small rate, but is that the whole price you are paying by shipping with a bottomfeeder carrier?
Let’s look at a case that happened two years ago in North Carolina when a carrier was transporting almost $11 million dollars worth the insulin. The insulin, which needs to be refrigerated, was being transported via reefer. The reefer was stolen and the thieves were not caught, whereas they would have immediately been captured using Road Scholar’s “SkyBitz.”
The insulin, which was not properly refrigerated, was resold to medical stores, and diabetics who purchased this medication became really sick and rushed to the hospital.
Now imagine if this was your product. Not only did you lose thousands/millions of dollars when your shipment was stolen but now face health issues, recalls, and brand equity, all because you did not choose a safe, quality driven carrier.
Road Scholar not only offers vans, but temperature protect services. With ReeferTrak, you will be given access to data including every time the trailer door was opened/closed to guarantee that no one was tampering with your freight during transport, as well as the temperature inside the trailer at any given time to ensure that your pharmaceuticals are transported under the right conditions so you don’t have to worry about recalls and health issues due to improper transport.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how much would you value being able to view the exact location and temperature of your shipment at any place and time?