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Working with the DEA in Pharmacy (PART 3)

Dr. Erin Albert welcomes back Joseph T. Rannazzisi Deputy Assistant Administrator (RETIRED), Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for […]

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July 12, 2017 Community Pharmacy, Law of the Land

Dr. Erin Albert welcomes back Joseph T. Rannazzisi Deputy Assistant Administrator (RETIRED), Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the final segment of the 3 part series. 

About Joseph T. Rannazzisi

Joe Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) in 1986. He served as a staff pharmacist at the Veterans Administration for the 18 months preceding his employment with DEA. During his DEA career, he served as a Diversion Investigator (Indianapolis), Special Agent/Criminal Investigator (Indianapolis/Detroit), Clandestine Laboratory Coordinator (Detroit), Homicide Task Force Supervisor (Detroit), Staff Coordinator (Domestic Operations-Headquarters), Section Chief (Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section-Headquarters), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Detroit), and Deputy Chief (Office of Enforcement Operations-Headquarters). In January 2006 he was appointed to Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Diversion Control, a position he held until his retirement in October 2015.

In this capacity, Mr. Rannazzisi was responsible for overseeing and coordinating major pharmaceutical and chemical diversion investigations; the drafting and promulgating of regulations; establishing drug production quotas; and conducting liaison with the pharmaceutical industry, international governments, state governments, other federal agencies, and local law enforcement agencies. He earned a BS degree in pharmacy from Butler University and a JD degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a Registered Pharmacist in the State of Indiana and a member of the Michigan State Bar Association.