Capability 8 Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Capability 8: Medical Countermeasure Dispensing. (Accessed 11/10/2015.)
The Medical Countermeasure Dispensing capability is one of the 15 capabilities identified in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning. This capability provides guidance regarding the following medical countermeasure functions: identify and initiate dispensing strategies, receive medical countermeasures, activate dispensing, dispense medical countermeasures to the population, and report any adverse events.
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The reference to Capability 8 and the associated document is very positive; however, there should also be a companion reference to Capability 9 - Medical Material Management and Distribution. Without successful execution of capability 9 following a disaster involving a major medical response, the various dispensing sites (M PODs and Hospitals) will not have access to the MCM to support their operational activities of Capability 8.
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