Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 2 & 3, 2014; Denver Marriott Tech Center; Denver, Colorado
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 2nd & 3rd, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. 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 174 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, loss prevention personnel, and pharmaceutical students 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, Colorado Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Denver PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Thomas Prevoznik, Staff Coordinator, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update – Chris M. Gassen, R.Ph., Pharm.D., Program Director, Colorado State Board of Pharmacy/Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Antonio R. Guzman, Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section, DEA Office of Diversion Control
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Les Hollie, Assistant Inspector General, OIG/Health and Human Services
Drug Theft Prevention/Survival – Dale G. Wallis, Task Force Officer, DEA Denver Division Tactical Diversion Squad
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control