Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 16 & 17, 2013; La Jolla Marriott Hotel; San Diego, California
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 16th & 17th, 2013 in San Diego, CA. 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 430 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics. The presentations included: Drug Trends, Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs, California Board of Pharmacy Update, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (CURES) Update, CMEA Requirements & Synthetic Drug Update, Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D, Drug Theft Prevention and Combating Pharmacy Diversion.
Select presentations from the San Diego PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
California Board of Pharmacy Update – Virginia Herold, Executive Director, California Board of Pharmacy
California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Mike Small, Department of Justice Administrator II, California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (CURES)
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D – Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, OIG/HHS
Drug Theft Prevention – Colin Ingraham, Task Force Officer, DEA San Diego Tactical Diversion Squad