Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
March 11-12, 2017; Hyatt Regency Wichita – Wichita, Kansas
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on March 11 & 12, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas. 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 109 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, Kansas Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Wichita, KS PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Luis Carrion, Staff Coordinator, Liaison Unit, Diversion Control Division, DEA HQ
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Kansas Board of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control Update – Reyne Kenton, K-TRACS Program Manager, Kansas Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – John Purcell, Staff Coordinator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA HQ
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare – Charles Hackney, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pharmacy Robberies, Thefts – Frank Magel, Missouri State Highway Patrol/DEA St. Louis Division