A team of researchers discusses alternative plans for antiviral distribution and dispensing—and pharmacists opinions about those plans—in a new article published in the journal Health Security.

Pharmacies, and pharmacists across the nation need to be in a constant state of readiness for the next influenza pandemic outbreak. In particular, they need to promote immunization, and understand how antiviral drugs will be a primary countermeasure. Both of these can minimize influenza’s spread and impact during a pandemic.

Should a pandemic occur, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention usually releases antiviral drugs from public stockpiles, working with state health departments to distribute, and develop appropriate dispensing plans.