Independently Owned Pharmacy Closures in Rural America


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 Research

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Donald Klepser, Liyan Xu, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller