Low-Income Neighborhoods At Risk to ‘Pharmacy Deserts’

Jan 18, 2021

Pharmacy desert is a term coined and used to refer to the ‘shortage and shutting down’ of local pharmacy stores. It’s becoming pretty tough for neighborhoods in some urban areas to access medical prescriptions locally. Inability to fill a medical prescription locally is either drug stores shutting down or those available not accepting Medicaid. 

With the insurgence of the pandemic, the growth of the ‘pharmacy desert’ has spiked. Shutting down drugstores makes it difficult for locals to get access to drugs and other medical supplies. Pharmacy desert also implies not being able to fill a prescription within a half-a-mile of your home if you’re a low-income earner without a car, and a mile for others.

Although Medicaid makes it possible for you to fill your medication at a particular pharmacy (or not), not all pharmacies accept Medicaid. Some pharmacies reject Medicaid because it leads to less patients and profits for them, therefore leading to closures.

Besides, pharmacies get the lowest reimbursements for filling Medicaid prescriptions. Consequently, they find it convenient to close stores in low-income neighborhoods and open them in wealthy ones.

There’s a lot of detriment that the lack of access to drugs and medical necessities can cause. People are given a chance to slack on their drug regimens when they can’t get a quick restock. They are also or left to self-medicate whenever the ‘need’ arises.

The solution to Pharmacy Desert

Pharmacy deserts and the danger of missing doses put patients at risk. Phox Health is built for local health system pharmacies to reach their neighborhoods, erase pharmacy deserts, and ensure equal access to care. Please reach out to us and experience dependable prescription delivery powered by Phox Health.

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