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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 22/29, 2018

Postdisaster Pharmacy Needs

JAMA. 2018;319(20):2070. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6144

Only 29% of pharmacies in Puerto Rico were open 5 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, creating difficulties getting necessary medications to patients, according to a CDC report.

Disruptions in pharmacy services following a natural disaster are not unique to Puerto Rico. For example, 53% of pharmacies in Mobile, Alabama, had depleted supplies after Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004 and 26% of them had to prioritize which patients should receive their limited supplies, according to the report. This is a serious concern for patients with chronic illnesses who rely on medications.