The Pharmacist's Role in Disasters
Hurricanes, tornadoes, bioterrorism, and pandemic flu are all examples of events that create emergencies for the public health system. Such events have disrupted the lives and healthcare of thousands of individuals and will do so again in the future. Regardless of the type of event, when such emergencies occur, communities and individuals face real difficulties related to the need to obtain and properly use pharmaceutical products or the need to maintain appropriate pharmaceutical therapies. Pharmacists serve the fundamental role in our ability, as a society, to initiate a pharmaceutical emergency response where needed, and to maintain appropriate pharmaceutical care for a damaged community.
The broadcast faculty in this session will discuss the changing role of the pharmacist in the public health system as well as the specific roles of the pharmacist during a public health emergency response. They will also present examples from the experiences of the pharmacy community during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Note: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Gain insight into the changing role of the pharmacist in public health service delivery
- Describe the roles that must be played by pharmacists during a response to a public health emergency
- Discuss lessons learned in Alabama and the Gulf about the delivery of pharmaceutical care during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Stuart Capper, DrPH
Professor and Director
Institute for Public Health and Pharmacy
Michael Hogue, Pharm.D., FAPHA
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Charlie Thomas, BPharm, RPh, FAPHA
State Pharmacy Director
Alabama State Department of Public Health
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing The Pharmacist's Role in Disasters
Links to External Websites
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Internet Connection Speed
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