Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
March 22 & 23, 2014; Hilton Knoxville; Knoxville, Tennessee
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on March 22nd & 23rd, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. 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 245 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, loss prevention personnel, and pharmaceutical 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, CSMD Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Knoxville PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
CSMD Update: Recent Improvements and Data Discussions – Andrew Holt, Director, Tennessee Controlled Substances Monitoring Database
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Tyler Smith, Assistant Inspector General of Investigations, OIG/Health and Human Services
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control