Reliance on Independently Owned Pharmacies in Rural America


Policy brief providing locations of independently owned pharmacies in rural America that are the sole sources of access to local pharmaceutical services. In over 2,000 rural communities, the only local pharmacy is independently owned, and in 1,044 of those communities, there is no other pharmacy within 10 miles. The information in this brief lays a foundation for analyzing vulnerability of pharmacy services in rural America and identifies the questions that research and policy activities should address. State maps show the locations of communities with only one pharmacy, independently owned.

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Michael Shambaugh-Miller, Nicole Vanosdel, Keith Mueller