Latebreakers: HHS mulls strategies for emergency preparedness

April 2, 2007

What emergency medical countermeasures should the U.S. employ against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats?

What emergency medical countermeasures should the U.S. employ against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats? In a notice published in the March 20 Federal Register, HHS said it favors medications the public can self-administer (e.g., oral antibiotics). If a health professional must be used to administer the drugs, HHS prefers a single injection to prolonged IVs. The notice added that the drugs should ideally be ones that can be stored at room temperature and have a five-year minimum shelf life. HHS plans to launch a Web site, MedicalCountermeasures.com, to share information on this issue.

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