Drug supply in the aftermath of the 1988 Armenian earthquake

Lancet. 1990 Jun 9;335(8702):1388-90. doi: 10.1016/0140-6736(90)91256-a.


After the 1988 Armenian earthquake, which affected an area with a population of 700,000, international relief operations sent a minimum of 5000 tons of drugs and consumable medical supplies. Because of difficulties with identification and sorting, only 30% of the drugs were immediately usable by the health workers in Armenia. Such quantities posed numerous problems for transportation and storage. Useless and expired agents comprised 11% and 8% of the drugs, respectively. 20% of all the drugs provided by international aid had to be destroyed by the end of 1989.

MeSH terms

  • Armenia
  • Disasters*
  • Drug Information Services
  • Drug Storage
  • Drug Utilization*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations* / standards


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations