Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
July 12 & 13, 2014; Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on July 12th and 13th, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 275 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, loss prevention personnel, and pharmacy students attended. The conference attendees received seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics. The presentations included: Drug Trends, Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs, Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Presentations from the Philadelphia 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 – Ray J. Michalowski, Senior Prosecutor In Charge, Pennsylvania Department of State, Office of General Counsel
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – John R. Scherbenske, Chief, Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section, DEA Office of Diversion Control
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Shimon Richmond, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, OIG/Health and Human Services
Drug Theft Prevention/Survival – Ralph Johnson, Sergeant, Bristol Township, PA Police Department
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control