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Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative


After a disaster, many people with chronic conditions who rely on prescription medicines and other forms of routine care may be unable to get the help they need. When that happens, a chronic condition that is normally under control may quickly get much worse. Many people with chronic conditions find it difficult to continue taking their medication after a disaster due to point-of-care closures, disruptions of the supply chain, and lost or damaged prescriptions. Evacuees sometimes forget or are unable to take their prescriptions with them and patients may not know exactly what medications they are taking or their dosage.

The Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative (PMPI) is comprised of a group of public and private sector stakeholders that broadly aim to address the challenges associated with prescription medication maintenance in disasters. The initiative aims not only to improve the preparedness and resiliency of patients who rely on prescription medications during disasters, but also to improve the preparedness and resilience of the systems that serve them.

ASPR’s Critical Infrastructure Protection for Healthcare and Public Health (CIP) & PMPI have partnered to provide situational awareness messaging for severe, advance-notice weather events and other incidents that may disrupt business operations or impact patient access to prescription medications. As part of this collaborative, you will receive email alerts from CIP prior to and during severe events. As private sector partners, you can use this information to help decide when and if you want to contact customers with information or guidance to check food, water, and medication/medical equipment supplies. To sign up for this service, please email Lauren Walsh.

Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative Collaborative Meeting - II

The March 2016 Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative II (PMPI-II) Collaborative Meeting convened stakeholders from the public and private sectors in the spirit of “letting every voice be heard.” The meeting outcomes reflect of the diversity of opinion across the attendees and are not meant to suggest consensus recommendations but rather to identify the challenges in our current system for dispensing emergency prescription medications, opportunities for collaboration, and innovative ideas for the way forward. The group discussed concepts and activities aimed at improving access to prescription medication in the days before, during and after a disaster, including:

  • Pharmacy outreach during Hurricane Joaquin
  • Cost and payment issues
  • Education and outreach issues
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Communications issues
  • Critical infrastructure protection

Participants also identified opportunities to promote this agenda within their own institutions and will be working with ASPR to continue this important work. To learn more about the meeting, see the PMPI-II Collaborative Meeting Proceedings.

Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative Collaborative Meeting

The May 2015 Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative (PMPI) Collaborative Meeting convened stakeholders from the public and private sectors to provide individual opinion on an improved system for ensured access to prescription medications in the days before, during, and after a hurricane or other “notice” disaster. The group identified a number of priority areas for improvement, including:

  • Education and Messaging for Community and Providers
  • Early Refill Legislation
  • Payor Policy
  • Supply and Access
  • Continuity of Operations Planning
  • Data Sharing and Predictive Analytics

To learn more about the meeting, see the PMPI Collaborative Meeting Proceedings.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Lauren Walsh.

  • This page last reviewed: November 21, 2016