Be prepared for disaster, urges APhA


The American Pharmaceutical Association issued guidelines for pharmacists to prepare for disasters.


Be prepared for disaster, urges APhA

The American Pharmaceutical Association has developed guidelines to help pharmacists take part in disaster preparedness efforts in their communities.

Among the APhA suggestions are the following:

• Contact state and local public health and emergency medical officials to volunteer as part of your community’s emergency response team.

• Create a disaster response team within your practice setting.

• Check whether your state pharmacy board has an emergency dispensing provision. If there is no provision, discuss creating such an option with your state pharmacy association.

• Find out from the major pharmacy benefit mangers and government programs you serve if they have a protocol for emergency refills.

• Work with wholesalers to set up drug storage sites after a disaster, if your facility is destroyed or not equipped to handle shipments of drugs, biologicals, and supplies.

• Compile a handbook of contract information for wholesalers, suppliers, manufacturers, communication companies, and other resources that could help you obtain drugs, medical supplies, communication links, etc.

• Devise a plan to use your pharmacy’s vehicles to transport healthcare workers and supplies in the event of a disaster.

• Develop a list of drugs, biologicals, supplies, nutritional products, or other items for emergency shelters set up by health departments in time of a disaster.

• Create a list of local company representatives who can be called on to help obtain drugs and supplies.

• Obtain training in immunizations, first aid, and disaster preparedness.

• Keep up with the latest developments in emergency preparedness in your community.

• Serve as a community resource to ensure the public gets correct information.

• Create a list of pharmacists you can call on for help. Designate a lead R.Ph. to coordinate activities in your practice. Ensure that all staffers are aware of your disaster procedures.

Carol Ukens


Carol Ukens. Be prepared for disaster, urges APhA.

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