Power Outages and Medication Integrity

Kerri-Lynn Conrad, PharmD Candidate

Kerri-Lynn is a fourth year student pharmacist at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She conducted this research while completing an internship with Rx Response, focusing on emergency preparedness in the community.

Power Outages and Medication Integrity:

When Proper Storage is Not Possible During Emergencies and Disasters

Power outages can accompany both natural and man-made disasters. In large-scale events where critical damage has occurred to the infrastructure, as seen with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, restoration of power may take weeks, even months.

Preparedness plans for lengthy or widespread power outages often recommend keeping items such as

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