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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is it important for rural people to have access to pharmacy services?
- What challenges exist to maintain rural pharmacy services?
- Are there enough pharmacists available in rural America?
- What can communities do to ensure pharmacy access?
- What resources are available to help individuals pay for prescription drugs?
- What is the 340B Drug Pricing Program and who benefits from this program?