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Evaluation of emergency drug releases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quarantine Stations

Shahrokh Roohi, RN, MPH, Margaret Grinnell, BS, Michelle Sandoval, MPH, Nicole J. Cohen, MD, Kimberly Crocker, BSN, RN, Christopher Allen, RPh, MPH, Cindy Dougherty, PharmD, RPh, Julian Jolly, PharmD, RPh, Nicki Pesik, MD

Abstract


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Quarantine Stations distribute select lifesaving drug products that are not commercially available or are in limited supply in the United States for emergency treatment of certain health conditions. Following a retrospective analysis of shipment records, the authors estimated an average of 6.66 hours saved per shipment when drug products were distributed from quarantine stations compared to a hypothetical centralized site from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. This evaluation supports the continued use of a decentralized model which leverages CDC’s regional presence and maximizes efficiency in the distribution of lifesaving drugs.


Keywords


public health, botulism, diphtheria, Malaria

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Originally published in Journal of Emergency Management, 2015; 13(1): 19-23. DOI:10.5055/jem.2015.0214




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/ajdm.2015.0211

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