Bacillis anthracis, dispensing exercise, National Pharmaceutical Stockpile Program, postexposure prophylaxis, public health



  1. Beaton, Randal D.
  2. Oberle, Mark W.
  3. Wicklund, Julie
  4. Stevermer, Andrew
  5. Boase, Janice
  6. Owens, David


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) program is designed to ensure the availability of life-saving antibiotics, other medical supplies, and equipment and their prompt delivery to the site of a disaster, including a possible bioterrorist incident, anywhere in the United States. On January 24, 2002, the Washington State Department of Health conducted an exercise, simulating a mass exposure to Bacillis anthracis, to test the NPS dispensing portion of the Washington State plan. This drill included the recruitment, education, and postexposure prophylaxis of over 230 volunteer patients. This article describes and discusses findings from an exit survey completed by these patient volunteers.