Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
January 9 & 10, 2016; Jackson Marriott – Jackson, Mississippi
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on January 9 & 10, 2016, in Jackson, Mississippi. 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 185 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, Mississippi Board of Pharmacy Update , CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Jackson PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Ruth A. Carter, Section Chief, 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
Mississippi Board of Pharmacy Update – Frank Gammill, Executive Director, Mississippi Board of Pharmacy
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Derrick Jackson, Special Agent-in-Charge, and Chris Covington, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, OIG/Health and Human Services
Burglary-Robbery-Diversion Prevention – Frank Altieri, Captain, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics State Police