Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
October 2, 2016; Holiday Inn – Fargo, North Dakota
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on October 2, 2016 in North Dakota. This was a one-day conference, 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 68 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, North Dakota Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the North Dakota PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Thomas W. Prevoznik, Unit Chief, Liaison Unit, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
North Dakota Board of Pharmacy Update – Mark Hardy, PharmD, Executive Director, North Dakota Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Diversion Control Division, DEA, Vermont Regional Office
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Korby R. Harshaw, Special Agent, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Steve Gilpin, Special Agent, Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force Coordinator, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations