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Study first to link disparities and ‘pharmacy deserts’ in California

Medical Xpress, Jan. 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

Study first to link disparities and ‘pharmacy deserts’ in California

In the United States, Black, Latino and low-income communities have historically lacked nearby access to pharmacy services. To provide the first record of these “pharmacy deserts” in Los Angeles County, a University of California, Irvine study identified communities where the nearest pharmacy was at least one mile away. … “My goal is to bring these concepts together at the intersection of pharmacy practice, public health and social justice to reduce health disparities,” said Cheryl Wisseh, a health sciences assistant clinical professor of clinical pharmacy practice at UCI and the study’s first author.