Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
September 8 & 9, 2012; The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria; Houston, TX
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on September 8 and 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas. 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.
Approximately 200 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended each day. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics including drug trends, drug theft prevention, pain pill clinics, combating pharmaceutical diversion, and a presentation on the Texas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Select presentations from the Houston PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are listed below.
Drug Trends – Presented by Joseph T.Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – Presented by William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Drug Theft Prevention – Presented by John Partridge, Executive Assistant, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Pharmacists' Responsibilities When Dispensing Controlled Substances – Presented by Gay Dodson, Executive Director/Secretary, Texas State Board of Pharmacy