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Measuring Countermeasures

Mike Mitka
JAMA. 2011;305(22):2280. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.774.
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After the anthrax assaults that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government said it would foster the development and dispersal of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic devices to counter threats from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents. But at 2 hearings held May 12 and April 13, the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, heard that little progress has been made in developing and distributing such countermeasures.

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The federal government has not done enough to help develop medical countermeasures for terror attacks such as the 2001 mailed anthrax assault, a recent report suggests.

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