Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
February 8 & 9, 2014; Hilton Charlotte Center City; Charlotte, North Carolina
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on February 8th & 9th, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 513 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, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy Update, Methamphetamine and the CMEA, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Charlotte PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Controlled Substance and Legend Drug Diversion; A Law Enforcement and Regulatory Perspective (Drug Trends) – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Self-Regulation of the Practice of Pharmacy: Opportunities and Challenges – Joshua Kohler, Assistant Director of Investigations/Inspections, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
Methamphetamine and the CMEA – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Michael Cohen, Inspector, OIG/Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Crimes – Jamie Almond, Task Force Officer, DEA Charlotte, NC District Office
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control