Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
July 25 & 26, 2015; Hyatt Regency Milwaukee – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on July 25 & 26, 2015, in Milwaukee. 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 114 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, Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy Update, Illinois Drug Compliance Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Milwaukee 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
Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy Update – Rocky (Franklin) LaDien, Vice President of the Wisconsin Board of Examining Board, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Illinois Drug Compliance Update – Nancy Hall, Pharm.D., Drug Compliance Investigator, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA and George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA, Milwaukee District Office
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Les Hollie, Assistant Inspector, Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robbery Awareness and Prevention (Drug Theft) – Detectives Ann Phillippi, and Caleb Porter, West Allis Police Department