Pharmacy Deserts: Another Way Your Address May Affect Your Health

February 19, 2015 2:47 PM

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You may have heard of food deserts – communities that lack access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. Now researchers in Chicago have found another type of desert, one that could play a similarly significant role in U.S. health disparities.

Pharmacy deserts are communities without access to nearby drugstores. Residents in these areas have to travel much farther than others to get prescriptions filled, buy over-the-counter medications or visit the growing number of urgent care clinics found inside stores.

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