The purpose of this policy brief is to provide policy
makers, researchers, and stakeholders with information
about the closure of rural independently owned
pharmacies, including pharmacies that are the sole source
of access to local pharmacy services, from 2003 to 2008.
This period coincides with the implementation of two
major policies related to payment for prescription
medications: Medicare prescription drug discount cards
were introduced on January 1, 2004, and the Medicare
prescription drug benefit began on January 1, 2006. In
this brief, we focus on rural pharmacy closure because of
the potential threat such closures present to access to
any local pharmacy services in a community.
Funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy: Cooperative
Agreement for Rapid Response to Issue-Specific Rural