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Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference

December 10 & 11, 2015; Pittsburgh Marriott City Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on December 10 & 11, 2015, in Pittsburgh, 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 196 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, Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.

Select presentations from the Pittsburgh PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.

Drug Trends – Thomas W. Prevoznik, Staff Coordinator, Liaison and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, DEA

Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, Representative, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative

Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update – Ray Michalowski, Attorney, Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy-Liaison for Prosecution

CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George J. Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA


Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Les Hollie, Inspector, OIG/Health and Human Services

Pharmacy Robbery Awareness and Prevention (Drug Theft) – Giles Wright, Detective, Bethel Park Police Department – Pending

Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary Brochure

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