Asthma Sufferers Beware of Cheap Drugs

Police search for missing vials of Albuterol Sulfate

By Randy McILwain
|  Friday, Aug 28, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 PM CDT
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Drug Shipment Stolen

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Vials of a drug used to treat asthma are missing after a McKinney truck theft.

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Drug Shipment Stolen

A California-based pharmaceutical company says a shipment of Albuterol Sulfate inhalation solution used to help young people combat respiratory disease was stolen in McKinney.
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A drug manufacturer is warning patients to be wary of cheap asthma medication after the theft of a truck full of pharmaceuticals in McKinney.

Dey L.P. Pharmaceutical company urged North Texans who use the drug Albuterol Sulfatepatients to only use vials of the medication purchased directly from a pharmacy.

Police eventually located the stolen truck in Royse City, but the drugs were not recovered.

Albuterol Sulfate is used primarily to treat asthma but also is effective in treating other respiratory illnesses like flu or pneumonia.

The medicine must stored at the proper temperature because it can become less effective if it exposed to extreme heat or light.   

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