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CDC's Strategic National Stockpile: Impact of the Global Medical Supply Chain

doctor Stephen C. Redd, MD

Dear Partners,

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is one of CDC’s greatest assets. It stands ready to quickly send critical medical supplies where they are needed in a public health emergency. To build and sustain CDC’s SNS, we need a strong global medical supply chain.

Late last month, leaders from SNS participated in a workshop entitled “Impact of the Global Medical Supply Chain on SNS Operations and Communications.” The workshop was hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and organized by the SNS Standing Committee. This Standing Committee was established by NASEM under contract to CDC to provide external guidance and inform decision-making by SNS. The standing committee and workshop attendees represented federal, state, and local government, academia, non-governmental organizations, commercial supply chain partners, the healthcare industry, and SNS staff.

During the workshop, participants explored the intricacies of the global supply chain, which encompasses the entire system of raw materials, manufacturing capacity, distribution and dispensing chains, and transportation systems. They also explored various communication efforts, both upstream of the SNS with medical countermeasure producers and downstream of the SNS with state and local health departments. In addition, participants discussed strategies to further enhance the resilience of the SNS. A summary of the proceedings of this workshop will be developed and published by NASEM in early 2018, and we will provide a link to it in this publication.

We know that taking advantage of opportunities like this workshop to build and share knowledge with partners will lead to better plans and the more efficient use of medical countermeasures in emergencies. The SNS Director, Greg Burel, who provided the welcome for CDC at this event, highlighted the importance of working with partners when he said “It is very beneficial for us all on the standing committee to understand each other’s needs better. I hope this leads to the development of strategies around supply chain resilience. SNS is just one piece of a very complex system of systems.”

At the same time CDC is preparing the SNS for potential emergencies, CDC is also being called upon to respond to immediate and developing ones. As part of federal response efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the SNS deployed Federal Medical Stations with specialized personnel strike teams to provide beds, supplies, and medicines to treat and care for evacuees. SNS also deployed liaisons to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Operation Center in Washington, D.C. and to teams coordinating the response in Dallas, Texas and Valdosta, Georgia.

In both of these roles, preparedness and response, SNS is a critical asset. Improving the global medical supply chain will increase efficiencies in operations and communications, helping us save lives.


Thank you,

Stephen C. Redd, MD


Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Upcoming Events

Attend the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Fall 2017 Meeting taking place October 9th-12th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Attend the 60th Annual Biological Safety Conference hosted by the Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity, taking place October 13th-18th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Attend the 30th Annual State Health Policy Conference, hosted by the National Academy for State Health Policy, taking place October 23rd-25th in Portland, Oregon.

Additional Resources

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement (PHEP), CDC has released a supplement to the American Journal of Public Health, entitled “The Evolution of Public Health Emergency Management from Preparedness to Response and Recovery”.

CDC recently released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled “Trends in Deaths Involving Heroin and Synthetic Opioids Excluding Methadone, and Law Enforcement Drug Product Reports, by Census Region – United States, 2006-2015.”

In observance of National Preparedness Month, the CDC Learning Connection presents “Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response.” This online course explains how to address the special needs of women of reproductive age during and after public health emergencies. Free CE is available.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released its online Administrative Preparedness Toolkit. To access the toolkit, login using a NACCHO account (get a free NACCHO account here) and select “Administrative Preparedness Toolkit” from the drop-down menu.

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