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Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

Previously known as National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) established in 1999

Managed by CDC

National repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, medical/surgical supplies

Goal: Ensure rapid delivery within 12 hours

3 main components

12 hour push packages

Enough drugs per packet to treat >100,000 people

Vendor-managed inventory

CDC maintains supply of chemical antidotes

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