|Faculty Speaker||Professor Margaret Brandeau [Stanford University]|
|Title||U.S. Bioterror Preparedness: Our $5 Billion Problem/Opportunity|
|Date & Time||Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:30am|
|Place||UCLA Anderson School of Management
In 2001, the newly formed Department of Homeland Security set about developing enhanced plans to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks. As part of this effort, the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) was created. This $5 billion repository of medical and pharmaceutical supplies is intended for use in any type of public health emergency, including a terrorist or bioterror attack, when local supplies are insufficient. We describe models we developed to address three questions relevant to the SNS and bioterror response: (1) What would be the costs and benefits of alternative strategies for stockpiling and dispensing medical and pharmaceutical supplies in the event of an anthrax attack? (2) To what extent should inventories for anthrax response be pre-positioned in local communities? (3) What types and quantities of medical and pharmaceutical supplies should be held in the SNS? We conclude with discussion of key unresolved issues in U.S. bioterror preparedness.