Disaster-Driven Evacuation and Medication Loss: a Systematic Literature Review

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There was a lack of evidence about the impact of medication loss after a disaster: e.g. how many patients suffer from medication loss; how much will the medication refill be a burden of medical relief activities; and what types of medication are in need. With increasing global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes, medication loss among NCD patients are an increasing concern.

A considerable number of patients with NCDs lose their medication during evacuation, making prescription refill an increasing burden of medical relief activities. Bringing full range of medication including medical records, devices for specific care e.g. home oxygen cylinders, and those for daily life e.g. glasses and canes, are important to reduce health risks after a disaster.

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