A new Institute of Medicine report considers the issue of propositioning antibiotics to shorten the response time to an anthrax attack.
To be completely honest, I have yet to read the report. However, it seems worthy of serious review by those concerned about biological events in general–regardless of origin.
I am almost always in favor of giving more discretion to those closest to the event in question. Local and State responders, officials, and citizens will be better off if there is less centralized control of not only the relevant antibiotics needed for response to an anthrax attack, but also the authorities and capacity to deal with what might occur with the minimum of outside interference.
The difficulty is providing for funding for such rare events. If not the federal government, can we truly depend or even hope that local officials will consider spending limited funds on infrequent threats?