Characteristics of Rural Communities with a Sole, Independently Owned Pharmacy

Date
05/2015
Description

In this policy brief, we characterize the population of rural communities with a single independently owned pharmacy. We find that over 2.7 million people, over 25 percent of whom live below the federal poverty level, reside in 663 rural communities with a sole independently owned pharmacy in 2014. For about 70 percent of these rural communities, the next closest pharmacy is more than ten miles away.

Center
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Authors
Matthew Nattinger, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller