THE ROLE OF THE PHARMACIST IN NATIONAL DISASTER
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE WASHINGTON DC DIV OF HEALTH MOBILIZATION
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The role of the pharmacist in disaster preparedness was recorded, setting forth priorities on pharmacists in different types of practice. Recommendations for implementation of the report include the creation of an awareness of the problems by all pharmacists, the motivation of pharmacists to better equip themselves for assuming responsibilities in disaster programs, and the establishment of suitable educational or training mechanisms to achieve these results. To do this, closer coordination with federal, state, and local governments is urged, more use by pharmacists of the training materials of the medical self-help program, and an evaluation of better utilization of the pharmaceutical resources of the community in shelter programs. Specifically, the Committee recommended 1 The establishment of joint councils of health professions for disaster preparedness. 2 The development, publication and distribution of a basic orientation manual for pharmacists. 3 The establishment of a pharmacy liaison officer for civil defense.
- Civil Defense