Healthcare organizations that manufacture, dispense and distribute pharmaceuticals have
launched Rx Response, an online program designed to ensure that medicine delivery is not
disrupted during public emergencies.
The American Hospital Association, American Red Cross, Biotechnology Industry
Organization, Healthcare Distribution Management Association, National Association of
Chain Drug Stores, National Community Pharmacists Association and Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America worked with HHS and the Homeland Security Department to
establish Rx Response, which will be activated when existing emergency-relief plans and
service programs are disrupted.
Certain guidelines must be met to activate the system, such
as a declaration of disaster by a states governor or the president.
Rx Response will provide support to partners, community volunteer relief organizations,
and local, state and federal agencies responding to major disasters. The href="http://www.rxresponse.org" target="_new">Rx Response Web site
href="http://www.rxresponse.org" target="_new">Rx Response Web siteallows
consumers to print a wallet-sized card in English or Spanish that includes a personal list
of medications and other important medical information in case of an emergency. (For more
on supply issues during disasters, please see this weeks href="http://www.modernhealthcare.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070813/REG/70809009" target="_new">Special Report href="mailto:[email protected]">Jessica Zigmond
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