Healthcare orgs form disaster response cooperative
| 08.16.2007 | 05:01:51 | Views: 2972 | ID:
August 16 '07: In a press release some of the largest healthcare organizations in the U.S. announced the formation of a new cooperative effort and partnership to help "the continued delivery of medicines during a severe public health emergency." The new partnership is called RxResponse and represents cooperation among private sector organizations and the federal government's Health and Human Services Department.
Other organizations involved include the American Red Cross, the American Hospital Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Healthcare Distribution Management Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Community Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.RxResponse's mission, according to organization officials, is to facilitate the delivery of vital medicines and vaccines to populations during a medical emergency or disaster. "RxResponse will help support information sharing among partners, community volunteer relief organizations and local, state, and federal agencies responding to major disasters," the press release read. The program "will be activated when responding to severe domestic public health emergencies - when existing emergency relief plans and service programs are disrupted - to help assist partner organizations in their individual response activities," the press release continued. Those disasters include declarations by a U.S. governor or the president; a Red Cross Level V+ event; a DHS Severe Classification; a World Health Organization Phase IV+ Event; or a Health and Human Services Stage 2+ Event.
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