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Dispensing Medical Countermeasures for Public Health Emergencies

Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-12096-8ISBN-10: 0-309-12096-9


With the threat of an anthrax attack as the case study, on March 3–4, 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events hosted a workshop titled “Medical Countermeasures Dispensing.” The workshop was organized by an independent planning committee. The following is a summary of the presentations and discussion that transpired during the workshop. Any opinions, conclusions, or recommendations discussed in this workshop summary are solely those of the individual persons or participants at the workshop and are not necessarily adopted, endorsed, or verified by the Forum or the National Academies. The overall workshop objective was to review a range of solutions to provide medical countermeasures rapidly to large numbers of people to protect them before or during a public health emergency, such as a bioterrorist attack or infectious disease outbreak. In particular, the workshop goals were to: identify and discuss the most promising methods for dispensing medical countermeasures as well as their inherent strengths and challenges; identify nearterm opportunities for promoting efficient and effective dispensing mechanisms at the state and local level; and to bring invested stakeholders (including local, state, federal, nonprofit, and corporate representatives) together to discuss these methods, opportunities, and challenges.


Miriam Davis, Marina S Kammersell, and Bruce M Altevogt, Rapporteurs.

This study was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Blood Banks, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Contract No. 200-2005-13434 TOs #6, 10), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Contract No. HHSP233200800498P), the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139 TO 198), the Department of Homeland Security (Contract No. HSHQDC-07-C-00097), the Department of Veteran Affairs (Contract No. V101(93)P-2136 TO #10), the Emergency Nurses Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2008, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK4111PMID: 20669413DOI: 10.17226/12221


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