"After a disaster, the interruption of routine healthcare can lead to an exacerbation of chronic illness and the onset of secondary outcomes that result from the deterioration of existing health conditions. Medication maintenance is particularly problematic during and after disasters due to point-of-care closures, disruptions of the supply chain, lost or damaged prescriptions, evacuees forgetting to take prescriptions with them, and patients being unsure of the exact prescription type and dosage that they are prescribed. The Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative Collaborative Meeting explored possible ways to improve the preparedness and resiliency of patients who rely on prescription medications during disasters. Stakeholders from the public and private sectors convened to envision an improved system for ensured access to prescription medications in the days before, during, and after a hurricane or other 'notice' disaster."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Emergency: https://www.phe.gov/
Prescription Medication Preparedness Initiative Collaborative Meeting. May 28, 2015.