Notes from the Field Pharmacy Needs After a Natural Disaster — Puerto Rico September–October 2017

Lavery, A., Patel, A., Boehmer, T., et al. (2018). Notes from the Field: Pharmacy Needs After a Natural Disaster — Puerto Rico, September–October 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 67(13); 402–403.
The authors analyzed retail pharmacy data from June-August 2017 to project what medications would be needed in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. They found that the top categories of drugs prescribed were for cardiovascular (average = 21% of prescriptions filled), psychiatric (12%), and analgesic (10%) drugs. They note that their analysis could be improved by the inclusion of drug sales data to hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as information provided by third-party claims adjudication data.
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