October 22, 2013; Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center — National Harbor, Maryland
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosted a Distributor Conference on October 22, 2013. The conference was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. The purpose of this conference was to provide an overview of federal laws and regulations that affect pharmaceutical and chemical distributors, such as recordkeeping, Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), and suspicious order reporting.
Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison & Policy Section, DEA HQ, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Gallagher opened the conference by welcoming everyone to National Harbor, Maryland and providing some administrative announcements.
Alan Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, DEA HQ, gave a presentation titled Drug and Chemical Trends which detailed the diversion trends that are emerging in the United States.
Shana Mintz, Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California, Civil Fraud Section, and Dedra Curteman, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, DEA Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section, gave a presentation on legal issues. They talked about the Controlled Substances Act, effective controls, and responsibilities under the law, security, and potential results for violations.
Tom Prevoznik, Staff Coordinator, Liaison Unit, DEA HQ, spoke on Distributor Initiative – A National Perspective. Mr. Prevoznik's presentation provided information regarding DEA's Role and Response to the National Pharmaceutical Epidemic, and a National Distributor Initiative pertaining to suspicious orders.
Kyle Wright, Unit Chief, Targeting & Analysis Unit, DEA HQ presented an overview of the ARCOS Reporting Requirements. His presentation detailed ARCOS reporting requirements and proper procedures for ARCOS error corrections.
The conference concluded with a short Q&A session and closing remarks by Ms. Gallagher.