Emergency Management: Pharmaceutical Cache Program
The VA Pharmaceutical Cache is designed to treat Veterans, staff, and other victims that may present to local VA Medical Centers (VAMC) in a local mass casualty event, primarily one resulting from the deployment of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). The caches are intended to provide pharmaceuticals and some equipment for short-term care until other resources could be made available in the immediate area and to support and augment a VA facility’s involvement in the local community disaster plan. Thus, VA’s Pharmaceutical Cache was designed to bridge the gap between VA facilities’ on-site medical capabilities and the arrival of medical and other supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) or usual re-supply systems.
VA's pharmaceutical caches are coordinated, maintained, and managed by the VA Pharmacy Benefits Management Services (PBM), Emergency Pharmacy Service (EPS).
Cache planning and preparedness for disasters and pandemic involves many complexities and must be ongoing and will evolve with new information and new thinking.
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