Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
November 19 & 20, 2016; Renaissance Arlington Capital View – Arlington, Virginia
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on November 19 & 20, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. 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 414 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, District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy Update, Virginia Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Washington, DC/Arlington, VA PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Thomas W. Prevoznik, Chief, Liaison Unit, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control Update – Reginal Bellamy, Pharmacist Inspector, Washington, DC Board of Pharmacy
Virginia Board of Pharmacy Law Update – Caroline D. Juran, RPh, Executive Director, Virginia Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA, Milwaukee District Office
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare – Michael Cohen, Inspector Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robberies, Thefts – Lawrence Findley, Task Force Officer Virginia State Police