Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
January 22 & 23, 2017; Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa – Honolulu, Hawaii
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on January 22 & 23, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 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 114 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, Hawaii Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Honolulu PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Thomas W. Prevoznik, Associate Section Chief, Pharmaceutical Investigations Section, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Hawaii Board of Pharmacy Update – Lee Ann Teshima, Executive Director, Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy, and Jared Redulla, Acting Administrator, Department of Public Safety, Narcotics Enforcement Division
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Aziz Elkholy, Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs & Chemicals Division, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Michael Cohen, Operations Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Jared Redulla, Acting Administrator and Dean Yamamoto, Acting Supervisory Special Agent, Department of Public Safety, Narcotics Enforcement Division