Pharmacy services are delivered through a sole community
pharmacy in over 1000 small rural communities nationwide.
This brief presents the findings from 401 telephone
interviews of sole community pharmacist-owners nationwide
about their current staffing and future plans.
Thirty-three percent of those interviewed have one or
fewer pharmacist Full-time equivalents (FTEs) on staff.
Thirty percent of those interviewed would like to retire
in five years or fewer, and most would like to sell their
pharmacies upon retirement. This brief explores the
shared experiences of sole community pharmacist-owners
regarding the challenges facing the pharmacy workforce in
their communities and their concerns about their
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Donald Klepser, Michelle Lampman, Andrea Radford, Indira Richardson, Stephen Rutledge