Medication deserts: survey of neighborhood disparities in availability of prescription medications

IJ-healthgeographics: 11/9/12

Only a small amount of research has focused on the relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and geographic access to prescription medications at community pharmacies in North America and Europe. To examine the relationship between a community’s socio-economic context and its residents’ geographic access to common medications in pharmacies, we hypothesized that differences are present in access to pharmacies across communities with different socio-economic environments, and in availability of commonly prescribed medications within pharmacies located in communities with different socio-economic status.

Methods

We visited 408 pharmacies located in 168 socio-economically diverse communities to assess the availability of commonly prescribed medications. Read more