Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
March 26 & 27, 2017; San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on March 26 & 27, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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 522 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, Puerto Rico Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the San Juan PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Luis A. Carrion, Staff Coordinator, Liaison Unit, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Puerto Rico Board of Pharmacy Update – Augustin Gonzalez, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Board of Pharmacy and Lydia Santiago Candelario, Division Coordinator, Auxiliary Secretary for the Regulation and Accreditation of Health Facilities, Puerto Rico Dept. of Health
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Aziz Elkholy, Diversion Investigator, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Jose Luis Soto, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Puerto Rico Field Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Frank Magel, Task Force Officer, Missouri State Highway Patrol/DEA St. Louis Division