Countermeasures (MCM) are the medications (including
vaccines, antiviral drugs, or antibiotics) needed to treat, protect or
prophylaxis an identified population in accordance with public health
guidelines and/or recommendations. Typically, MCM is broken into two parts:
distribution and dispensing.
Medical Countermeasures Distribution refers to
moving medications and medical supplies where they are needed during an
emergency. The process includes requesting, warehousing, and transporting the
Medical Countermeasures Dispensing refers to
providing medications or vaccine to individuals within the affected population.
Dispensing is often accomplished by opening and operating a Point of Dispensing
POD Planning and Operation Resources
POD Field Operations Guide
Emergency preparedness/Post-exposure prophylaxis standing orders
Bioterrorism agent fact sheets
Bioterrorism frequently asked questions