Both bills would authorize funds to expand the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile
, purchase smallpox vaccine, develop and produce anthrax vaccine, and provide grants to state and local governments and public health departments.
The role of the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile
Program is to maintain a national repository of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical material that will be delivered to the site of a bioterrorism disaster in order to reduce morbidity and mortality in those affected.
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.
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., have also been strengthened.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a national pharmaceutical stockpile
of millions of doses of drugs a d vaccines at strategic sites.