Bioterrorism FAQs

Amy K. Erickson

Pharmacy Today. 2001;7(11) 

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Should hospitals stockpile ciprofloxacin?

Hospital stockpiling is not recommended because antibiotics do expire. However, many hospitals are involved with city and state preparedness efforts. "Quantities and specific pharmaceuticals may vary from location to location depending on geographic need or location to other resources," said Downs.

Within 12 hours of an outbreak, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile program should be implemented and have medications on the way. However, these medications are stored in bulk instead of individual blister packs. When bulk pharmaceuticals do arrive, pharmacists should be prepared to assist in breaking the contents down into smaller quantities for dispensing to individual patients.


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