Townsville detectives are investigating the armed robbery of a pharmacy in a shopping centre on Ross River Road, Aitkenvale that occurred today.
A man has entered the store around 8:30am and produced a knife.
He has then threatened two staff members, before demanding prescription medication.
He fled via the rear door of the pharmacy with a large quantity of prescription drugs.
The dog squad has been called to assist in locating the man who is described as of olive complexion and between 20 and 30 years of age.
Anybody who may have been in the area at the time is urged to contact police.