Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
May 30 & 31, 2015; Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel – Norfolk, Virginia
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on May 30 & 31, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia. 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 410 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, Virginia Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Norfolk 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
Virginia Board of Pharmacy Update – Caroline D. Juran, RPh., Executive Director, Virginia State Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Mike Cohen, Inspector OIG/US Department of Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robbery Awareness and Prevention (Drug Theft) – Charlie Misuna, Senior Special Agent, Virginia State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation