When Natural Disaster Strikes Keeping Psychiatric Meds Available is Essential
Steiner, A. (2017). When Natural Disaster Strikes, Keeping Psychiatric Meds Available is Essential. MinnPost.
In this article, the Chief Commercial Officer from a company that provides pharmacy and telepsychiatry services to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders nationwide discusses why it is important to ensure that psychiatric drugs are accessible during and immediately after disasters. He also describes ways that his organization ensured that its patients received their medications during the 2017 hurricane season, including hand-delivering them to group homes; working with physicians to modify schedules for long-acting injectable drugs; and making telepsychiatry services available to patients in shelters who were unable to get to their appointments in person.