Dr. Erin Mullen is the Executive Director of Rx Response. She is a pharmacist, emergency manager, and disaster responder.
When you’re in the thick of day-to-day activity, it is sometimes hard to take a deep breath and see the big picture. The new year gives us one of those logical points to pause, reflect on where we are, and begin to chart a course forward. There has to be recognition of both the good and the bad – and where the opportunities for both continued good and vastly needed attention lie. So with that, we’d like to share some of our navel-gazing with you, our members, partners and stakeholders.
Programmatically, we have focused quite a bit on our non-disaster services and value – in part because this was our second year without a full scale incident activation that affected the nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain, but also as a part of our focus on our private sector members and their needs. But of course our underlying mission is to help ensure that patients are able to access critical medicines in times of disaster or public health emergency, so first let’s examine our incident response for 2014.
The incident of the year, which still affects the