Addressing the Challenges of Controlled Substances Diversion in the Health System

A Virtual Midday Symposium conducted at the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition
(Midyear registration not required)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET


Available at least 24 hours before webinar.

In this 1.5-hour educational activity, expert faculty will review the magnitude of drug diversion in the United States, the issues faced by the health system, and critical points in the medication-use process that are targets of diversion. Areas of risk for drug diversion in the institution, including i.v. push waste, and opportunities for managing them will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the magnitude of drug diversion in health systems in the United States, including the impact of i.v. push waste.
  • Apply institutional strategies to prevent, detect, and investigate theft, loss, or diversion of controlled substances that comply with state and Drug Enforcement Agency regulations.
  • Analyze critical points in the medication-use process with respect to diversion management and surveillance. 
  • Develop a plan to identify and mitigate areas of risk for drug diversion within an institution.


1:00 p.m.    Welcome and Introductory Remarks
                    Chris R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP, Activity Chair

1:05 p.m.    Drug Diversion in the United States: A Growing

                    Chris R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP

1:25 p.m.   Examining the Medication-use Process:  Focus on
                   Diversion Management and Surveillance

                   Ryan Haumschild, Pharm.D., M.S., M.B.A.

1:50 p.m.    Strategies for Safe Management of Controlled

                    Chris R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP and
                    Ryan Haumschild, Pharm.D., M.S., M.B.A.

2:20 p.m.    Questions and Answers/Panel Discussion


Christopher R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP, Activity Chair
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
Boston, Massachusetts

Ryan Haumschild, Pharm.D., MS, MBA
Director of Pharmaceutical Services
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Winship Cancer Institute
Atlanta, Georgia

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems as well as pharmacy technicians.


CPE Information

ACPE #: 0204-0000-20-440-L04-P & T
Activity Type: Application-based
CE Credits: 1.5 hour
Activity Fee: Free of charge

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


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After ACPE's 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report credits.

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