MAYBERRY, USA MEETS MEDICARE

“Residents of communities that have lost their only pharmacy may adapt by driving farther to another pharmacy, using mail order, or obtaining courier service from another location, but access is always a concern for anyone with limited mobility.”

Sheri Lawrence de Grom

Pharmacy/Medical – 2015
by – Sheri de Grom

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A rural pharmacy, along with a bank, grocery combination dry goods store and post office anchored small towns that were the backbone of America for decades.

Four-hundred-ninety rural pharmacies closed their doors forever between the years 2003 and 2013. This is a significant loss considering the average age of a farmer/rancher today is 65 and over.

Today's farmers and ranchers are still using equipment 20 or more years old. They cannot afford to upgrade. Today’s farmers and ranchers are still using equipment 20 or more years old. They cannot afford to upgrade.

There are approximately 6,700 independently owned rural pharmacies operating today. In addition to providing prescription and over-the-counter medications and consulting about their proper use, these pharmacies offer other essential health care essentials. These include: blood pressure checks, diabetes counseling and immunizations.

Added value as independent pharmacist helps older patient understand medication and how to take the medicine. Added value as independent pharmacist helps older patient understand medication and how to take the medicine.

Often, these rural pharmacies…

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