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Diversion of Non-Controlled Prescription Medications: Scope of the Problem

April 28, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

In 2018 a pharmacy technician was indicted for stealing prescription HIV medications worth more than $10 million from the pharmacy of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in East Orange, New Jersey. Later, Drugmaker Gilead seized counterfeit HIV medications across 17 locations in 9 states worth over $250 million, replaced in some cases with antipsychotics and over-the-counter painkillers.

These incidents are not isolated events, as soaring costs for medications for COVID-19, HIV, cancer, and other diseases, coupled with social determinants like poverty, is fueling black market demand in the U.S. and abroad.

Join Dr. Michael O’Neill, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, and Tom Knight, Founder and CEO of Invistics, as they share techniques to monitor all drugs, both controlled substances as well as non-controlled medications, particularly expensive drugs like oncology medications and antivirals.

What You Can Expect to Learn:

  • Identify multiple common non-controlled prescription medications diverted and misused
  • List rationales and incentives to misuse and divert non-controlled prescription medications
  • Implement protocols or tools to help deter and detect non-controlled prescription medication diversion.

Michael O’Neil

Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacy Practice | South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, Tennessee

Tom Knight

CEO & Founder of Invistics

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