Rising prescription drug costs pricing pharmacies out of business

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) —¬†Filling a prescription is becoming harder and harder for some consumers as pharmacies are in the midst of what the industry is calling “a crisis.”

Eighty pharmacies have closed in Pennsylvania since January 1st and many more closures could be coming. Legislation has been introduced designed to alleviate the problem.

“A pharmacy is the most accessible health care provider. Patients can walk in on a daily basis with no notice and it’s our job to help them,” said Dennis Czerw, owner of Parkway Pharmacy in Center City Philadelphia.

But we are seeing more and more empty storefronts where pharmacies used to be, creating what is called a “pharmacy desert” in one in four neighborhoods nationwide most of them Black, Latino, and low-income.

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