Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 27, 2016; Radisson Hotel Harrisburg – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 27, 2016, in Camp Hills, Pennsylvania. This was a one-day conference. 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 84 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, Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Harrisburg 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 – William T. Winsley, Representative, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy Update – Keith Bashore, Prosecuting Attorney, & Jason McMurry, Assistant Counsel – Pennsylvania Department of State – Office of General Counsel
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George J. Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Nick DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge, OIG/Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robbery Awareness and Prevention (Drug Theft) – John Goshert, Chief County Detective – Office of the District Attorney – Dauphin County Police Department