Theft and diversion of products

Products can be stolen at any point in the distribution and storage process after being dispatched by a manufacturer. For instance, drivers of delivery trucks or custom officials at ports and airports may steal cartons of medicines. This corruption type is more common when security systems and record keeping are poor.

Products may be stolen for personal use, be sold on to private pharmacies, or if stolen by healthcare workers may be used in their own private practices. Drugs are vulnerable to theft as they can be sold for a higher price privately.