Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
April 17 & 18, 2016; Sheraton Baltimore North – Towson, Maryland
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on April 17 & 18, 2016, in Towson, Maryland. 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 442 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, Maryland Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Towson PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Ruth A. Carter, Diversion Program Manager, Washington Field Division Office, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Maryland Board of Pharmacy Update – David Jones, Commissioner, Maryland Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Les Hollie, Assistant Inspector General, OIG/Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary – Detective Noel Arciaga and Detective James Vermont, Baltimore County Police Department