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Pharmaceutical Relief Activities at Western Japan Torrential Rain Disaster

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 May 2019

Takashi Egawa
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan
Akihiro Watanabe
Affiliation:
Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama, Japan
Takafumi Nakano
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan
Tatsuhikiko Kubo
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyusyu, Japan
Rie Nawata
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan
Yuki Hayashida
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan
Natsuki Raisen
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan
Yasufumi Kataoka
Affiliation:
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama, Japan Department of Public Health, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyusyu, Japan National Disaster Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan
Hisayoshi Kondo
Affiliation:
National Disaster Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan
Yuichi Koido
Affiliation:
National Disaster Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan
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Abstract

Introduction:

The torrential rain triggering massive flooding and hundreds of landslides was the worst weather disaster in Western Japan. A temporary pharmacy was established in the Kurashiki health center, which provided medicine to victims.

Aim:

To evaluate the supply status of prescription under the health insurance system during a disaster.

Methods:

When the enormous disaster occurred, victims get a prescription in the hospital or community pharmacy under the Disaster Relief Act or Health Insurance Act. Under the Disaster Relief Act, prescriptions that are given at a first aid station are able to be filled at the mobile pharmacies at no cost to the patient from the local government. Prescriptions that are issued by a medical institution, and are in accordance with the Health Insurance Act or National Health Insurance Act, can be dispensed at hospitals or community pharmacies. Patients may be exempt from the co-payment by being covered by their health insurance. Here, we investigated the supply status of prescription to affected people.

Results:

The good points of the supply status were as following: 1) dispensing out of disaster area was a good system to relieve a pharmacist2. ) J-SPEED was also a good reporting system to provide appropriative medicine inventory management, and 3) sending prescription using a mobile phone was very useful for pharmaceutical activities. On the other hand, the points for improvement were as following: 1) more time to learn the medical insurance system during the disaster was needed, and 2) the mobile pharmacy is better to make the rounds of shelters including health care consultation.

Discussion:

In case of a disaster, two different medicine supply systems cause confusion to medical relief teams. It is considered that collaboration relief activities with relief teams that included a pharmacist was very important.

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© World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2019 

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