A recent study found that while 89% of Americans have access to a nearby pharmacy (within 5 miles), some of the 11% have to travel over 20+ miles for their pharmacy needs. The impacts of COVID-19 is also having a dramatic impact on pharmacies. Many independent pharmacies, which generally serve those in rural areas, are finding it increasingly difficult to survive.
"From 2003 to 2018, 1,231 independent rural pharmacies closed, Mueller's team found, leaving some 630 rural communities with no retail drugstore. The changing economics in the pharmacy industry did them in, a combination of national pharmacy chains expanding and consolidating, big-box stores and supermarkets opening their own competing pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers eating into small-pharmacy profits. Mail-order options siphoned off business." -
USA Rx is currently doing a research project that we will share with you regarding Pharmacy Deserts and Pharmacy access across the U.S. In the meantime, one way to ensure you always have a pharmacy option on hand is by using the Pharmacy Near Me tool through USA Rx. We give you access to online, mail order, and retail pharmacy options in your location.