Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
March 28 & 29, 2015; Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel; Birmingham, Alabama
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on March 28 & 29, 2015, in Birmingham, Alabama. 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 296 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, Alabama Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Birmingham 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 – Edward McGinley, Representative, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Alabama Board of Pharmacy Update – Susan Alverson, Pharm.D., Executive Secretary, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Ruth A. Carter, Chief, Liaison and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Michael Cohen, Inspector, OIG/Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robbery Awareness and Prevention (Drug Theft) – Edward Bussey, Detective, BPD Narcotics Division