Regional Pharmaceutical Cache System: EPR - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Regional Pharmaceutical Cache System

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Regional Pharmaceutical Cache System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Programs have large caches of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and vaccines staged throughout the United States of America.

These assets may not be available to the state of Minnesota for up to 12 to 24 hours after the deployment decision has been made.

The results from the 2003 Minnesota Statewide Pharmaceutical Survey documented that there are limited supplies of key pharmaceuticals which would be needed to respond to a terrorism event.

The State has established a robust and sustainable system by forward deploying to the eight Public Health Regions a supply of targeted pharmaceuticals. The infrastructure for maintenance, repackaging and distribution of these assets into individual patient regimens is in place.

The Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness & Response section, Strategic National Stockpile Program and Health Care Preparedness Program are coordinating the Regional Pharmaceutical Cache System.

What this means for Minnesota

Minnesota has eleven caches of pharmaceuticals strategically located throughout the state.

Minnesota will be able to expedite treatment for individuals during a bioterrorism event.

The caches are located in places designated by regional and local planning groups. These places are ones that can best support their local and regional emergency response operations, such as hospitals, emergency medical facilities or public health.

The pharmaceutical caches are located in the eight public health regions throughout Minnesota based on population density and proximity to major cities.

Map of Minnesota showing the eight regions.

Additional information:

For more information about the SNS Program in Minnesota, contact

For further information about Bio-Terrorism agents or emergency preparedness, visit the CDC’s Bioterrorism Website.

Updated Thursday, 01-Dec-2016 11:48:07 CST