Planning Considerations for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Partners to Receive Medical Countermeasures From CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile During a Public Health Emergency

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategic National Stockpile is a national repository of potentially life-saving medical countermeasures including pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local, regional, and state supplies to run out.

Several planning considerations can assist state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions in preparing to receive, distribute, dispense, and administer medical countermeasures from the Strategic National Stockpile. These considerations include, but are not limited to, issues surrounding regulatory requirements, controlled substances, cold chain management, and ancillary supply needs.

Multiple aspects to consider for each of these functions are discussed here to assist partners in their planning efforts.

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