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Medical Countermeasures - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Medical Countermeasures

In emergencies such as terrorist attacks or pandemics, large numbers of people may be exposed to disease-causing germs. Medical countermeasures (MCMs) are medicines (i.e. antibiotics, antivirals, antitoxins, etc.) that may be given to these exposed people to prevent them from becoming ill. Lives may depend on dispensing MCMs to a large number of people in a short amount of time.

In such an emergency, MDH can request large quantities of MCMs from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). ASPR maintains a large cache of MCMs called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which can be quickly mobilized for emergency distribution. MDH then works with local health departments (LHDs) to dispense the MCMs to the public at points of dispensing (POD) sites.

Organizations (i.e. businesses, hospitals, communities of worship, etc.) may choose to enroll as “closed” point of dispensing (CPOD) partners. CPODs dispense medication to their own members and their families. CPODs are mutually beneficial to partner organizations and to local health departments. Contact your community health board (CHB) or LHD to learn how your organization can become a CPOD partner.

Points of Dispensing (PODs)

Working with Pharmacies

Updated Monday, 28-Oct-2019 10:18:24 CDT