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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

DIVERSION ISSUES

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

Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary Brochure

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