Health and Ageing
National Medical Stockpile — replenishment
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The Government will provide $166.5 million over two years to replace expiring National Medical Stockpile pharmaceuticals and pandemic vaccines. This will include purchasing pharmaceuticals that would be available to assist in responding to a possible influenza pandemic or a chemical, biological or radiological incident. The Government will continue to examine the make‑up of the Stockpile, based on current and future threats and consider funding for 2010‑11 and beyond following the examination.
The National Medical Stockpile was created in 2002 as a strategic reserve of medications and medical equipment to respond to potential mass casualty emergencies or health disasters.
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