Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
September 17 & 18, 2011; Millennium Hotel; Cincinnati, Ohio
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held the first Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on September 17 and 18, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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.
The Cincinnati PDAC was well received, and by all accounts met the objectives described above. Approximately 100 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended. The conference attendees received over seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics including drug trends, drug theft prevention, pharmacy inspections and pharmacists responsibilities, combating pharmaceutical diversion, and a review of the Combat Methamphetamine Enforcement Act (CMEA) requirements for retail sales of List chemicals.
The presenters at the Cincinnati PDAC included:
Drug Trends - Presented by Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs - Presented by William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Other noted speakers - Eric Pearcy, Diversion Officer from the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and Mike Burleson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.