Pharmaceutical warehouse heist includes cancer medications

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An Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals warehouse in Connecticut was the scene of a well-planned heist over the weekend in which thieves cut a hole in the roof, rappelled inside, disabled the alarm, and made off with an estimated $75 million in pharmaceuticals. Local police say the warehouse did not hold narcotics; rather, the thieves' drugs of choice apparently included cancer medications.

Eli Lilly's cancer products include Gemzar (gemcitabine), approved for use in ovarian cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer; and Alimta (pemetrexed), for non-small cell lung cancer. According to an informal scan of online pharmacies, a month's supply of Alimta costs at least $500, while Gemzar can cost close to $4,000.

By Ross Bonander

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