Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs
Pharmacy services are especially important in rural communities. Rural areas tend to have an older population with more chronic illnesses, with a greater need for advice from a pharmacist on managing medications. Despite this demand for services, rural pharmacies face many challenges to stay open, including financial pressures and a lack of pharmacists to provide services. Rural residents may also be unable to get transportation to the nearest pharmacy.
While the growth of Internet and mail-order pharmacies might suggest that geographical limits to access are no longer a concern, many rural residents do not have the equipment, technical skills, and/or telecommunications accessibility that these services require. As such, rural pharmacies and pharmacists will continue to fill an important and much-needed role in the health of rural people.
Last Reviewed: 12/2/2013