Bioterrorism FAQs

Amy K. Erickson

Pharmacy Today. 2001;7(11) 

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What can pharmacists tell patients who are concerned about a biological attack?

Pharmacists should anticipate questions because they are a trusted source of information within the community. "They should try to allay their patient's concerns by acknowledging the possibility of bioterrorism, but also convey that there are special conditions that must exist for proper dissemination of the agent," explained Downs. To ensure that patients are informed and ready to make knowledgeable decisions during a crisis, pharmacists should hand out information about disease transmission, use and/or display the chart of biological agents found in this issue of Pharmacy Today, or refer patients to Web sites that provide accurate information (see "Helpful Web sites," below).


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