Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
March 17 & 18, 2012; West Palm Beach, Florida
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on March 17 and 18, 2012 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 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 West Palm Beach PDAC was well received, and by all accounts met the objectives described above. Approximately 600 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended on each day. 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 the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Select presentations from the West Palm Beach PDAC are listed below. Click on the link to view the presentation.
Drug Trends – Presented by Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Pharmacy Inspections and Pharmacists' Responsibilities – Minimizing Disciplinary Violations and Diversion Risks – Presented by Carl "Fritz" Hayes (Saturday) and Michele Weizer (Sunday), Florida Board of Pharmacy
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – Presented by William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Implementation Update on Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Presented by Rebecca Poston, Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Office