Rx Response Formed to Better Ensure Medicines in an Emergency

A number of national pharmacy organizations, emergency preparedness groups and a pharmaceutical trade association announced creation of Rx Response a program designed to help support the continued delivery of medicines during a severe public health emergency. The partnership includes the American Hospital Association, American Red Cross, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Healthcare Distribution Management Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.. Additionally, the partnership is working with state emergency agencies to further develop the program to help support the continued delivery of medications to patients whose health may be threatened during a crisis. Rx Response will help support information sharing among partners, community volunteer relief organizations and local, state and federal agencies responding to major disasters by helping to support the continued delivery of critical medicines and, where possible, addressing challenges. The Rx Response offers visitors the opportunity to print a medication wallet card in English or Spanish to list medications and other relevant medical information in case of emergency.