Engaging community pharmacists in emergency preparedness

Course description
Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-13-012-H04-P
Activity type: Knowledge-based


To improve the pharmacist’s understanding and involvement in emergency preparedness.


Pharmacists have a strong history of serving in emergency preparedness roles, as demonstrated with pharmacist involvement in such recent events as the September 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax exposure, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 pandemic influenza.1-4 Pharmacists rapidly helped determine proper antimicrobial medications and prophylaxis treatment, as well as provided assistance in education, triage, response integration and policy coordination in both the Sept. 11 and the anthrax U.S. Postal Service attacks.1 In the days before Hurricane Katrina, pharmacists assisted with medication refills, patient care, triage and education, and acted as gatekeepers of emergency rooms, helping with emergency 72-hour refills of maintenance medications, the treatment of non-life threatening wounds, and prescriber and patient education.2,3 Pharmacists have been established as a key stakeholder in emergency preparedness and response. This lesson will focus on expanding pharmacists’ knowledge of ways to become involved in emergency preparedness.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the pharmacist should be able to:

  1. Describe the historical role of community pharmacists in emergency preparedness response.
  2. Explain biological and chemical agents and pandemic influenza.
  3. Outline pharmacist preparation for emergency preparedness roles.
  4. Define the Strategic National Stockpile and National Pharmacist Response Team.
  5. Describe mass immunization clinics and emergency prescription refill protocol.
To obtain credit:

A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain credit. Submit your answers to the learning assessment questions online at Your statement of credit will be available through CPE Monitor located at To ensure transmission of credit hours to CPE Monitor, you must enter your correct e-PID number in your CE profile.

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If you are a paid enrollee, there is no cost to participate in this lesson. The fee for participants who are not enrolled is $13.95.


Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE Activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through November 26, 2016.

Faculty & disclosure

By Sara Wilson (Mandy) Reece, PharmD, BC-ADM, CDE, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy Georgia Campus, and Ayemoba O. Braimah, PharmD candidate at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy Georgia Campus

Sara Reece, Ayemoba Braimah and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 2.00 Pharmacist
Course format: 
Written Lesson
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