Listen for the rattle in their pockets 

Grady Hospital got the trick, not the treat, on Halloween when it discovered its pharmacy was missing thousands of dollars worth of an anthrax-fighting drug.

Gone are 132 bottles of Levaquin, each containing 50 pills and worth about $13,000 to the hospital, according to Tom Arrendale, Grady's assistant vice president of clinical and professional services. Levaquin, whose generic name is levofloxacin, is a prescription drug that's in the same class as Cipro, and can be used to treat anthrax, as well as other bacterial infections, Arrendale says.

The shortfall was discovered when hospital officials were conducting a routine inventory. Arrendale won't say whether Grady has increased security since the apparent theft but, he says, "We have access controls and so forth. Certainly, we have very high security. This is a very rare instance for us to have a shortage of this nature." Atlanta police are investigating.


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