Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 15 & 16, 2016; Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 15 & 16, 2016, in South Carolina. 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 157 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, South Carolina Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the South Carolina PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Thomas W. Prevoznik, Unit Chief, Liaison Unit, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
South Carolina Board of Pharmacy Update – Carole Russell, R.Ph., Chair, South Carolina Board of Pharmacy; Lisa Thomson, R.PH., Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Drug Control
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA, Vermont Regional Office
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Thomas O'Donnell, Assistant Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Chris Lott, Senior Special Agent, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Anne Marie Ravenna, R.Ph., South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Drug Control; Adam Roberson, Diversion Investigator, DEA Columbia District Office