Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
September 21 & 22, 2013; Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel; Boston, Massachusetts
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on September 21st & 22nd, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 274 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, Combating Prescription Drug Abuse in Massachusetts and Use of the Prescription Monitoring Program, Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs, Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Guidelines for Addressing Pharmacy Robbery.
Select presentations from the Boston PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Combating Prescription Drug Abuse in Massachusetts and Use of the Prescription Monitoring Program – Karen Ryle, M.S., R.Ph., President-Elect, Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare – Tyler Smith, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, OIG/HHS
Guidelines for Addressing Pharmacy Robbery – Joseph Massey, Police Chief, Waterville Police Department, Waterville, Maine