Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
September 13 & 14, 2014; Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel; Phoenix, Arizona
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on September 13 & 14, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 259 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, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, Accessing and Using the Prescription Monitoring Program, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Phoenix PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Shimon Richmond, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, OIG/Health and Human Services
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Accessing and Using the Prescription Monitoring Program – Dean Wright, Prescription Monitoring Program Director, Arizona Board of Pharmacy
Drug Theft Prevention – Al Richard, Detective, Phoenix Police Department