Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 18 & 19, 2013; San Jose Marriott Hotel; San Jose, California
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 18th & 19th, 2013 in San Jose, 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, Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D, California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (CURES) Update, California Board of Pharmacy Update, Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Drug Theft Prevention.
Select presentations from the San Jose PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D – Shimon R. Richmond, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, OIG/HHS
California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Tina Farales, Department of Justice Administrator II, California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (CURES)
California Board of Pharmacy Update – Janice Dang, Supervising Inspector, California Board of Pharmacy
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Drug Theft Prevention – Nick Baldridge, Sheriff Deputy, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office