Where Did All The Corner Drug Stores Go? Areas Lose Easy Access To Medicine

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Some superstores like Wal-Mart and Target have pharmacy annexes. The K-mart pharmacy "permanently closed" sign shown here is one example of how access to pharmacies can be exacerbated by the ebbs and flow of retail. Creative Commons
pharmacy closed
Some superstores like Wal-Mart and Target have pharmacy annexes. The K-mart pharmacy "permanently closed" sign shown here is one example of how access to pharmacies can be exacerbated by the ebbs and flow of retail. Creative Commons

Where Did All The Corner Drug Stores Go? Areas Lose Easy Access To Medicine

You’ve heard of food deserts — often low-income neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a grocery store. Now another service desert is on the rise in these same neighborhoods: pharmacy deserts. As pharmacies slowly begin to close down on Chicago’s South and West sides, residents are finding it harder to access needed medication. 

So why are pharmacies closing up shop and what factors are exacerbating the problem for patients? 

GUESTS:

Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune reporter 

Dima Qato, assistant professor in the department of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who studies pharmacy access, particularly among minorities and low-income neighborhoods