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Med Deserts: Underserved Communities Struggle Amid Pharmacy Closures

HealthReporter author Nadzeya Sankovich
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Last update: October 17, 2023
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Med Deserts - Underserved Communities Struggle Amid Pharmacy Closures

Key Takeaways:

  • A recent study by the University of Houston warns that pharmacies are closing in the US at an alarming rate. This is creating “pharmacy deserts” where people struggle to find a nearby pharmacy.
  • Due to the rise of online prescription orders and insurance companies’ preferences, underserved communities suffer the most from pharmacy closures.

In the United States, an escalating number of pharmacy closures is sounding alarm bells, particularly in regions where access to healthcare is already strained.

Key Findings

In Houston, the Greater Third Ward neighborhood is a poignant example. Residents face a two-mile walk to the nearest pharmacy. Meanwhile, in the more affluent Midtown neighborhood, access is much closer.

For those managing chronic conditions like diabetes, the added distance can translate to missed doses or essential tests.

Addressing the Issue

The University of Houston researchers propose a multi-pronged approach. They urge community leaders to advocate for additional pharmacies, leveraging government funding to establish new outlets. They also suggest repurposing existing buildings like churches and community centers.

In an era where technology facilitates healthcare delivery, researchers call to ensure that every person, regardless of their background or location, has access to healthcare.

Sources

  1. Anderson, M. (2023, October 12). Study: Pharmacy deserts primarily affect underserved communities. Healthcare Brew.
    https://www.healthcare-brew.com/stories/2023/10/12/study-pharmacy-deserts-primarily-affect-underserved-communities
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Nadzeya Sankovich is the Vice President of Communications at Health Reporter. Previously a professional journalist, she continues to write scientific articles and conduct research. With a background in sociology and medicine, she has worked with various healthcare organizations, from charities to telemedicine platforms.

Nadzeya is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a volunteer for a non-profit organization that helps underserved communities. Through her work, she empowers people to take charge of their health and well-being.
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