The COVID-19 pandemic made preparedness a top priority for healthcare leaders across the end-to-end supply chain. Emergency medical supply stockpiles are one tool for increased readiness. It's cost-prohibitive for healthcare organizations to amass and maintain a large enough cache of supplies to independently handle any emergency or shortage – but holding a cushion of safety stock gives the organization critical breathing room at the onset of an epidemic or other crisis. This pandemic cushion can ensure continued operations while suppliers ramp up production and other response plans are executed.

This guide is a starting point to help healthcare providers and their trading partners determine what products to stockpile and how to manage emergency inventories. This is not intended to offer a line-by-line formulary, but rather to support each organization’s planning process as it establishes its own pandemic supply list.

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