Natural Disasters and Pharmacy Practice
Natural disasters pose unique challenges to the practice of pharmacy, as they can disrupt essential health-care services and access to medications. During such events, pharmacies play a crucial role in ensuring the continuity of patient care. Pharmacists are not only responsible for managing medication inventories and dispensing prescriptions, but also for providing critical information and support to patients and the community.
The need for accurate medication management, emergency supply distribution and patient education becomes paramount as individuals struggle to maintain their health and access their medications both during and in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Effective emergency and disaster management preparedness and response plans for pharmacy professionals should be tailored to your specific province and professional judgement. Regular training, drills and collaboration with local pharmacies, regulatory colleges and health-care organizations are essential for this to occur.
- Ensuring Continuity of Care During and After Emergencies and Natural Disasters
- Top Considerations for Pharmacy Managers: Managing Emergency Pharmacy Closures
- Top Considerations for your Pharmacy: Planning for an Emergency Pharmacy Closure
- Preparing for Emergencies: Medication Checklist and Grab & Go Medication Bag
Up-to-date information about natural disasters and emergencies
- Canadian Disaster Database: Detailed disaster information on more than 1000 natural, technological and conflict events
- Canadian Red Cross: Humanitarian organization providing education and assistance during emergencies and disasters
- National Weather Service or Channels: Up-to-date information on current weather conditions and environmental advisories:
- Local public health units: Detailed and location specific health and safety information