Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
September 24 & 25, 2017; Hilton Hartford – Hartford, Connecticut
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on September 24 & 25, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 60 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, Connecticut/Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Hartford PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Luis A. Carrion, Staff Coordinator, Liaison and Policy Section, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Connecticut Board of Pharmacy Update – Gerald DeStefano, Senior Drug Control Agent, Connecticut Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – George Lutz, Diversion Investigator, Diversion Control Division, DEA, Vermont Regional Office
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Michael Cohen, Operations Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Robert F. Lawlor, Jr., Drug Intelligence Officer – Connecticut, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program