Wasted Efforts: Engaging Key Stakeholders to Optimize Health System Drug Disposal and Prevent Diversion

Virtual Midday Symposium at the 2021 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition (Midyear registration not required)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET


Available at least 24 hours before webinar.

Diversion of controlled substances is widespread in all health systems, and this activity provides pharmacists with strategies for engaging key stakeholders in implementing best practices for detecting and managing the problem. The interprofessional faculty team provides practices and resources that support the safe use of IV products in the hospital, including the operating room and procedural areas, along with specific roles individual clinicians can assume to achieve cost-effective management of controlled substances. Real-life examples illustrate how health systems can implement standardized measures to promote a culture of awareness, eliminate unnecessary waste, and successfully detect and monitor diversion of controlled substances.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify practices that support the safe use of intravenous (IV) products in the inpatient setting, including the operating room and procedural areas. 
  • Describe the role of each member of the interprofessional team as it relates to cost-effective controlled substance management.
  • Apply strategies to communicate with stakeholders how healthcare disciplines (e.g., nurses, physicians) might view waste-reduction and diversion prevention initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to facilitate aligning controlled substance product availability and clinical practice.


1:00 p.m.     Welcome and Introductory Remarks

1:05 p.m.     Houston, We Have a Problem: Implementing Best Practices that Address the Magnitude of Drug Diversion in the United States

1:25 p.m.     A Matter of Perspective: Engaging the Interprofessional Team in Implementing Cost-Effective Controlled Substance Management

1:50 p.m.     Sharing the Story: How a Health System Promoted a Culture of Awareness, Optimized Medication Use (eliminating unnecessary waste) and Implemented Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion

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


John B. Hertig, Pharm.D., M.S., CPPS, FASHP, Activity Chair
Associate Professor
Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana

Bernadette Henrichs, Ph.D., CRNA, CCRN, CHSE, FAANA
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Goldfarb School of Nursing-Barnes Jewish College
Director, CRNA Education and Research
Washington University Department of Anesthesiology
St. Louis, Missouri

Ryan Haumschild, Pharm.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Director of Pharmacy
Emory Healthcare
Atlanta, Georgia

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of clinical and staff pharmacists, pharmacy leaders, medication safety and compliance officers, nurses, operating room staff, and procurement managers who work in hospitals and health systems.

This activity features slide presentations, active learning, and questions/discussion with faculty. 

CPE Information

ACPE #: 0204-0000-21-424-L04-P
Activity Type: Application-based
CE Credits: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs)
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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