Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
May 3 & 4, 2013; Marriott Detroit at the Renaissance Center; Detroit, Michigan
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on May 3rd and 4th, 2013 in Detroit, MI. This was a one-day conference, repeated on the second day for the convenience of the pharmacy community. The conference was developed and designed to address the growing problem of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the United States. In addition to pharmacy robberies and thefts, pharmaceutical controlled substances are often diverted by way of forged prescriptions, doctor shoppers, or illegitimate prescriptions from rogue practitioners. The objective of this conference was to educate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy loss prevention personnel on ways to address and respond to potential diversion activity.
Over 640 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics.
Below are the presentations from the Detroit PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure.
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Alan G. Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
How and When Prescription Monitoring Programs (MAPS) Have Value and Update on Board of Pharmacy Administrative Rules – Michael Wissel, R.Ph., Pharmacy Services Manager, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Bureau of Health Care Services
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, R.Ph., National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Combating Pharmacy Diversion – Alan G. Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drug Theft Prevention – Michael Wissel, R.Ph., Pharmacy Services Manager, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Bureau of Health Care Services
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Associate Section Chief, Liaison Section, Office of Diversion Control, DEA