National Pharmaceutical Stockpile


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National Pharmaceutical Stockpile

Large quantities of medicine maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use in national emergencies. The CDC may tap into the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile in the event of a natural disaster, epidemic, terrorist attack or any other event in which local medicinal stockpiles prove insufficient. Medicines are delivered within 12 hours of request by both federal and local authorities. They are available for free.
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The two-tiered National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) program was created 2 years ago as part of a CDC plan to prepare for a bioterrorist attack.
Created 2 years ago as part of a CDC plan to prepare for a bioterrorist attack, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) program provides backup supplies and support for medical personnel already on site.
If sufficient quantities of antidote are not available, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile at CDC maintains a mechanism to procure and deliver large quantities of pharmaceuticals to state health departments within 12 hours.
We are working aggressively both to complete development of a radiation countermeasure and to secure an advance order for inclusion in the national pharmaceutical stockpile.
Existing programs that proved invaluable during the events of last fall, such as the Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism (LRN) and the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS), both described in this issue in the article by Perkins et al.
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