Published Online: Friday, June 1, 2007

Competition for the typical US family prescription drug dollar is surprisingly stiff. The results of a new study show that, on average, individuals who patronize independent community pharmacies now have a choice of 21 other retail pharmacies in their market area.

The choices are even broader in urban areas, where 7 of 10 independent pharmacies are located. Individuals in these areas have access to an average of 30 other outlets within a 2-mile radius—including chain drugstores, supermarket pharmacies, and other independents—said the researchers at SK&A Information Services.

The concentration of community pharmacies is considerably less in nonurban areas, the study found. In the suburbs, independent pharmacy consumers have access to an average of 7 competing pharmacies located within 5 miles of their current pharmacy, whereas rural areas average 14 competing pharmacies within 15 miles.

Latest Articles
Donnie Calhoun, RPh, PD, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation vice president, discusses how pharmacists can prepare themselves and their business before, during, and after a disaster.
Ken Whittemore Jr, Surescript's senior vice president of professional and regulatory affairs, talks about some new transactions available that can help pharmacists.
In case you got caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday rush, here are the top trending stories you may have missed in November:
Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, executive director of Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, provides some resources for community pharmacists to use when implementing new collaborative services with primary care providers.
Latest Issues